Write a comment

In this article we will explain how to write a Comment for the English subject and show you tips, tricks and examples.

This article belongs to the subject English and expands the topic "Writing English texts".

By the way, at the end of this article you will find a short summary of the article, where you can find the most important points for writing a comment at a glance!

What is a Comment?

If you are expected to write a Comment in English, this can have several reasons. Either expressing your own opinion on a topic or making a critical comment on a topic. Consequently, you should strengthen your own point of view with strong arguments and examples. Of course it is also allowed to bring in arguments that are against your point of view, you can then trump them with stronger arguments!

How to write a Comment?

Just as when writing a summary, you should follow a clear structure when writing a comment!

What goes into a Comment? – the general structure

Introducing the topic and starting the discussion

main part

List your arguments, here the hourglass principle is suitable

summary of your main points and rounding off your comment

Introduction: how to start a Comment?

In the introduction, you should introduce the topic and start the discussion.

You need to introduce the current situation and the possible conflict so that the reader knows immediately what it is about.

Tip: Ask the reader a question to arouse curiosity and attention!

Example: "Most students in the USA think that education shall be free. Do you agree?"

Tip: Think about your arguments in advance and sort them from weak to strong, so you have it easier in the main part!

How to write the body of a comment?

In the main part of the comment, you should strengthen your position. The best way to do this is to Pros and cons Presenting arguments.

Tip: Start with the arguments that speak against your position and invalidate them with arguments that speak for your thesis.

Why in this order?

Since the reader reads the contra arguments first and then the stronger arguments for your thesis, it is more likely that the contra arguments will be forgotten and the pro arguments will come out on top! If you want to be even more convincing, you should start with the weakest argument in your argumentation and state the strongest argument at the end.

Comment – Conclusion

In the final paragraph of your comment – also called conclusion – you should summarize your arguments in a short and concise way.

Please make sure that you do not introduce any new ideas or arguments! If you asked the reader a question in the introduction, answer it in the conclusion.

What is the difference between a Comment and a Discussion??

A discussion is independent of your personal opinion and is very factual, whereas a comment is usually written from a subjective perspective. Although the general structure of the two types of text is the same, a Comment can contain your personal opinion, whereas a Discussion does not. Furthermore, a Discussion is usually longer than a Comment.

Other important text forms in English

Analysis in English

Factual text analysis is not only used in German classes, but also in English classes in higher grades. If you want to learn more about analysis in English, you should check out our article on it!

Summary

Writing a summary is one of the basics of teaching English. Basically, the structure of a summary in English is not really different from a summary in German classes. If you want to learn more about the structure of a summary, check out our article on the topic – you’ll be well prepared for your next English exam.

Congratulations! You should now be able to write a clearly structured and argumentatively strong Comment. With a little practice, nothing will stand in the way of a good grade!

Also, when writing a Comment, it is very important that you write appropriate Linking Words and formal lanugage, like e.g. however, nevertheless, furthermore, moreover, etc. Use. The writing style often influences your grade – by using the right linking words you can score accordingly!

Writing a Comment – The most important things at a glance

  • A Comment in English is nothing more than an opinion on a chosen topic.
  • In doing so, it is best to argue in pro and con arguments
  • Make sure that you structure your text clearly (Introduction, Body, Conclusion).
  • First of all, in the introduction you will explain what it is all about
  • In the body you use your arguments to describe your point of view
  • At the end you summarize what you have already said – but briefly!
  • It is best to write your thoughts and arguments in notes before writing the text.
  • Tip: Brainstorm your arguments first and how you can support them!

Frequently asked questions about writing a comment

How to write a Comment?

  1. Give your Comment a clear structure
  2. Start with the Introduction: an introduction to the topic and a lead-in to the discussion
  3. Follow with the main part, the largest part:
    Make your arguments one after the other.
    Use the hourglass principle.
  4. Finally, there is the Conclusion: summarize your key points and round off your Comment with a conclusion.

How to write a Comment in English Example?

  1. Give your comment a clear structure
  2. Start with the Introduction: an introduction to the topic and a lead-in to the discussion
  3. Follow with the main part, the largest part:
    List your arguments one by one.
    Use the hourglass principle.
  4. Finally, there is the Conclusion: summarize your key points and round off your Comment with a conclusion.

What to include in a comment?

For a Comment you need Introduction, Main part and Conclusion.
In the main part, argue best with pros and cons.

What is a Blog Comment?

On a blog you can write articles or posts.
Like all texts in English, a blog comment consists of

  • Introduction
  • Body
  • Conclusion

In contrast to a "normal" Comment, you need three statements for the blog comment at the beginning:

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