Are there any extremely effective phrases that set up a counterargument well other than the standard "Skeptics may say" or anything of that nature? I feel like though phrases are heavily overused, but I can not think of any good phrases.

  • A phrase that used to be used all the time, but seems to be less so recently, is "contrary to popular belief". collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/… – Isabel Archer May 2 at 12:59
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    'I'm afraid I can't agree,' 'On the contrary, 'I believe that the gentleman has committed a terminological inexactitude,' 'Rubbish!' // 'It is a common conception that .... However, there is evidence that is often overlooked that adherents to this philosophy have failed to explain satisfactorily.' – Edwin Ashworth May 2 at 13:18


Useful Argumentative Essay Words and Phrases


The Turn Against

Counterargument in an essay has two stages: you turn against your argument to challenge it and then you turn back to re-affirm it. You first imagine a skeptical reader, or cite an actual source, who might resist your argument by pointing out:

a problem with your demonstration, e.g., that a different conclusion could be drawn from the same facts, a key assumption is unwarranted, a key term is used unfairly, certain evidence is ignored or played down; one or more disadvantages or practical drawbacks to what you propose; an alternative explanation or proposal that makes more sense.

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