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Good Descriptive Essay Phrases

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Are you struggling to write essays in French? In this article, I have shared a list of 30 useful French words and phrases that will help you create more sophisticated written arguments for your exam (at school or for DELF exam).

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à la finin the end
à mon avis / quant à moi / selon moiin my opinion
alors quewhereas
autrement ditin other words
avant de conclurebefore concluding...
bien que je puisse comprendre quealthough I can understand that
cela va sans dire queit goes without saying that
cependantnevertheless
considéronslet's consider
d’après moiaccording to me
d’une part, d’autre parton one hand, on the other hand
en ce qui concerne...as far as ... is concerned
en outrefurthermore / moreover
enfinfinally, at last
grâce àthanks to
il est donc question deit is a matter of
il faut bien reconnaître queit must be recognised that
il semble que les avantages l'emportent sur les inconvenientsit seems that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages
il serait absurde de dire queit would be absurd to say that
il vaut mieuxit is better to
je crois quei think/ believe that
je soutiens donc queI maintain that
je suis contreI am against
je voudrais souligner queI’d like to underline that
la premiere constatation qui s'impose, c'est quethe first thing to be noted is that
ne… ni… nineither… nor
pas forcément la faute denot necessarily the fault of
pour commencerto start with
selon moiaccording to me
tout bien considéréall things considered

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Eyes alive with enthusiasm

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Adventure is the champagne of life.

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. (

 Julius Caesar 3:2:97 

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

 Donne

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And justify the ways of God of men. (

 Paradise Lost 1 – 22

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And nature must obey necessity. (

 Julius Caesar 4:3:225

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

Danger comes in silence and in secret. (

 Isaac Pocock 

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Dark with excessive bright. (

 Paradise Lost : 3 – 380

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A day is miniature eternity. (

 Emerson: Journals

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

 Donne

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Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. (

 Pope

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Even God can not change the past. (

 Agathon

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Evermore thanks, the exchequer of the poor. (

Goethe

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Excessive scruple is only hidden pride. (

Goethe

)Faint heart wins not lady fair. (

William James Linton

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The fairest things have the fleetest end. (

 F. Thomson

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Faith is love taking the form of aspiration. (

William ElleryChanning 

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Fame is food that dead men eat. (

 A. Dopson

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

 Hamlet 3:1:70

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Friends are born, not made. (

 Hendry Brooks Adams

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Happiness is the shadow of thing past. (

 Paradise Lost 4-299

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He wears the rose of youth upon him. (

 Antony &Cleopatra 3 : 11 : 20

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

 John of Salisbury

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Heaven lies about us in our infancy. (

Wordsworth

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

 Keats

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

Thomas Nashe

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A heaven on earth. (

 Paradise Lost 4-208

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

Sacheverell Sitwell 

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

Troilus &Cressida 5-10-22

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Hills whose heads touch heaven. (

Othello 1 : 3: 141

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His time is forever, everywhere his place. (

 AbrahamCowley

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An honest man's the noble work of God.

Honest labour bears a lovely face. (

Thomas Dekker 

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How noiseless falls the foot of time. (

W. R. Spencer 

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Hypocrisy in the homage that vice offers to virtue. (

 La Rochefaocauld 

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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