Let’s go through some of the most common questions you might be asked, whether you’re filling out a registration form in a hotel or at the consulate getting a new passport.
In these situations, you’ll be addressed with ”Sie” the formal form of “you.” So, though you have seen some of these questions before, all the questions below are expressed formally.
Example: “What’s more, this isn’t the only evidence that supports this hypothesis.” Usage: Use “likewise” when you want to talk about something that agrees with what you’ve just mentioned. Likewise, Scholar B argues compellingly in favour of this point of view.” Usage: Use “similarly” in the same way as “likewise”.
Example: “Audiences at the time reacted with shock to Beethoven’s new work, because it was very different to what they were used to.
Example: “Scholar A’s opinion, then, is based on insufficient evidence.
By contrast, Scholar B’s opinion seems more plausible.” Usage: Use this to cast doubt on an assertion.
Usage: “In order to” can be used to introduce an explanation for the purpose of an argument.
Example: “In order to understand X, we need first to understand Y.” Usage: Use “in other words” when you want to express something in a different way (more simply), to make it easier to understand, or to emphasise or expand on a point. In other words, they live on the land and in the water.” Usage: This phrase is another way of saying “in other words”, and can be used in particularly complex points, when you feel that an alternative way of wording a problem may help the reader achieve a better understanding of its significance. To put it another way, they will die without the sun.” Usage: “That is” and “that is to say” can be used to add further detail to your explanation, or to be more precise. That is to say, they must breathe air.” Usage: Use “to that end” or “to this end” in a similar way to “in order to” or “so”.