Essays Useful Phrases To Describe


Eyes alive with enthusiasm

A rush of embarrassment swept through himShocked by the directness of the replyHis face cracked into an apologetic grinAn endless expanse of blue skyLeaves fell and fluttered like snow flakesThe wind moaned through the treese moon sailed across the sky like a ghostly gallionPausing for a moment she became aware of her surroundingsThe warmth of the air wrapped around her like a scarf A sudden shiver of excitement shot through her bodyHis once designer clothes looked anything but attractiveHer shocking smile;broken.

Adventure is the champagne of life.

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. (

 Julius Caesar 3:2:97 


And death shall be no more. death, thou shalt die. (



And justify the ways of God of men. (

 Paradise Lost 1 – 22


And nature must obey necessity. (

 Julius Caesar 4:3:225


And purer than the purest gold. (Ben Jonson : TheTouchstone of Truth)

Danger comes in silence and in secret. (

 Isaac Pocock 


Dark with excessive bright. (

 Paradise Lost : 3 – 380


A day is miniature eternity. (

 Emerson: Journals


Death be not proud, though some have called thee.(



Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. (



Even God can not change the past. (



Evermore thanks, the exchequer of the poor. (



Excessive scruple is only hidden pride. (


)Faint heart wins not lady fair. (

William James Linton


The fairest things have the fleetest end. (

 F. Thomson


Faith is love taking the form of aspiration. (

William ElleryChanning 


Fame is food that dead men eat. (

 A. Dopson


For who would bear the whips and scorns of time. (

 Hamlet 3:1:70


Friends are born, not made. (

 Hendry Brooks Adams


Happiness is the shadow of thing past. (

 Paradise Lost 4-299


He wears the rose of youth upon him. (

 Antony &Cleopatra 3 : 11 : 20


He, who will not when he may, may not when he will.(

 John of Salisbury


Heaven lies about us in our infancy. (



Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.(



Heaven is our heritage, Earth but a player's stage. (

Thomas Nashe


A heaven on earth. (

 Paradise Lost 4-208


The heart is not a clock, it will not wind again.(

Sacheverell Sitwell 


Hector is dead. There is no more to say. (

Troilus &Cressida 5-10-22


Hills whose heads touch heaven. (

Othello 1 : 3: 141


His time is forever, everywhere his place. (



An honest man's the noble work of God.

Honest labour bears a lovely face. (

Thomas Dekker 


How noiseless falls the foot of time. (

W. R. Spencer 


Hypocrisy in the homage that vice offers to virtue. (

 La Rochefaocauld 

)Great Phrases 2

Absolutely free conscience

Absorbingly interesting occupation

Abundantly illustrated book 

Acoustically indistinct consonants

Admittedly difficult task 

Apparently disconnected facts

Architecturally successful edifice

Astonishingly young mind

Awfully up-hill work 

Badly drawn character 

Basically irrelevant detail

Biologically important functions

Bitterly contested wars

Blatantly defied convention

Developing the argument

  • The first aspect to point out is that...
  • Let us start by considering the facts.
  • The novel portrays, deals with, revolves around…
  • Central to the novel is…
  • The character of xxx embodies/ epitomizes…

The other side of the argument

  • It would also be interesting to see...
  • One should, nevertheless, consider the problem from another angle.
  • Equally relevant to the issue are the questions of...


  • The arguments we have presented... suggest that.../ prove that.../ would indicate that...
  • From these arguments one must.../ could.../ might... conclude that...
  • All of this points to the conclusion that...
  • To conclude, …

Ordering elements

  • Firstly,.../ Secondly,.../ Finally,... (note the comma after all these introductory words.)
  • As a final point, …
  • On the one hand, …. on the other hand, …
  • If on the one hand it can be said that... the same is not true for...
  • The first argument suggests that... whilst the second suggests that...
  • There are at least xxx points to highlight.

Adding elements

  • Furthermore, one should not forget that...
  • In addition to...
  • Moreover...
  • It is important to add that…

Accepting other points of view

  • Nevertheless, one should accept that...
  • However, we also agree that...

Personal opinion

  • We/I personally believe that...
  • Our/My own point of view is that...
  • It is my contention that…
  • I am convinced that …
  • My own opinion is …

Others' opinions

  • According to some critics...
  • believe that
  • say that
  • suggest that
  • are convinced that
  • point out that
  • emphasise that
  • contend that
  • go as far as to say that
  • argue for this

Introducing examples

  • For example, …
  • For instance, …
  • To illustrate this point...

Introducing facts

  • It is... true that.../ clear that.../ noticeable that...
  • One should note here that...

Saying what you think is true

  • This leads us to believe that...
  • It is very possible that...
  • In view of these facts, it is quite likely that...


  • Doubtless,...
  • One cannot deny that...
  • It is (very) clear from these observations that...


  • All the same, it is possible that...
  • It is difficult to believe that...

Accepting other points to certain degree

  • One can agree up to a certain point with...
  • Certainly,... However,...
  • It cannot be denied that...

Emphasising particular points

  • The last example highlights that fact that...
  • Not only... but also...
  • We would even go so far as to say that...

Moderating, agreeing, disagreeing

  • By and large...
  • Perhaps we should also point out the fact that...
  • It would be unfair not to mention that fact that...
  • One must admit that...
  • We cannot ignore the fact that...
  • One cannot possibly accept the fact that...


  • From these facts, one may conclude that...
  • That is why, in our opinion, ...
  • Which seems to confirm the idea that...
  • Thus,.../ Therefore,...


  • Some critics suggest..., whereas others...
  • Compared to...
  • On the one hand there is the firm belief that... On the other hand, many people are convinced that...

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