I need comments from native speakers on the following question.
I know "to begin with" can be used to introduce the first of several points. But if there's only one point to make, can we still use "to begin with"?
Suppose that toward the end of the introductory paragraph, you said you were going to discuss a problem. Then you began the 2nd paragraph with "To begin with, it is a common observation that..." and explained the problem and proposed a solution, but that was all there is to the essay. No other point was discussed. Would you use "to begin with" in this manner?
I'd appreciate your help.