I am speaking about my fourth paragraph, in which I want to say about opponents' point of view, how natural and professional does it seem for you to start my fourth paragraph like this:

As opposed to the above ideas, opponents say that ... .

and also, what is the more professional alternative of "It is agreed that"? Thank you in advance


Tautology: Unnecessary repetition, usually in close proximity, of the same word, phrase, idea, argument, etc. Now typically: the saying of the same thing twice in different words (e.g. ‘they arrived one after the other in succession’), generally considered to be a fault of style. - OED

"As opposed to the above ideas, opponents say that ..." opposed and opponents sound awkward here because they make a tautology.

"opponents of the above ideas say that..." or maybe "not everyone agrees with the above, opponents say that..." would both work and would avoid the problem.

And there is nothing wrong with "It is agreed that" as long as you can substantiate the statement - it may be worth providing a reference to support your assertion.

  • Thank you @PerryW. "Tautology" was the thing occupied my mind on that clause, what about this phrase "As opposed to the above ideas, some argue that"? is that alright? or does it have Tautology in your point of view as a native? – Anfi May 28 '16 at 13:01
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    "In opposition to the above ideas, some argue that..." would probably be my choice – PerryW May 28 '16 at 13:12

That's pretty 'professional', I know that my English teacher's approach to sophistication is to "abuse big words". Maybe: 'In opposition to the themes/theories/ideas explored, common counter arguments consist of/are made of/promote ...'?

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