Sometimes, when we discuss something in the form of speech or writing, we may agree with some aspects of what is being discussed, but not necessarily 100%. In these cases, we can say, with a few expressions, that we agree, but not completely, that we are partially in agreement. Let`s take a look at a few examples: in spoken English, it`s often too direct to just say, “I don`t agree.” Most Anglophones use phrases that are modified to be more polite, or indirect methods to express disagreements. Let`s learn a few sentences listed below: – Expressing opinion (personal – general)- Check if they understand better – Things better explain – Ask questions of agreement- protest politely- protest politely- show empathy before they are disinterested – rude (colloquial)- Consent strongly (kolloquial) Wow, it was a lot of information, The good news is that you don`t need to memorize it. I think you should only choose a few phrases that are most natural to you and practice them when you can. Use these lists as a reference, don`t try to memorize them. Practice dialogues with another student and try to use expressions from here, you slowly become familiar with them. EXPRESSING OPINIONPersonal: In my opinion… In my experience…
Speaking for myself… Personally, I think… I believe (strongly) that… I really feel like… If you ask me… General: Some people say that… Many/Most people think/think that… Everybody knows that. According to the scientists… The thing is,… The fact is that… YOU know what I mean? Does that make sense? I don`t know if I`m going to explain it properly.
EXPLAINING THINGS BETTER What I mean is… What I`m trying to say is that… ASKING FOR AN OPINION What is your idea (on…)? What do you think? Do you agree? Is that what you think? Do you have an opinion on that? How do you feel? Do you have anything to say about that? How about you? How do you feel about that? It`s true? CONSENSUAL Of course, you are absolutely right, I agree. That`s what I think. That`s a (very) good point. Yes, that`s right. That`s right. I don`t think so either. It`s true. That`s exactly what I thought. I couldn`t agree.
That`s exactly what I think. I think you`re right. I can hear you. Yes, neither do I. PROTEST POLITELY That`s not what I mean/what I said. No, what I`m trying to say is that… You misunderstood me. I`m probably not very clear. That is not exactly what I was trying to say. PROTEST RUDELY You don`t listen, do you? Did you hear a word I said? Can you understand what I`m saying? But who said that? DISAGREEING POLITELY I see, but it`s different.
Excuse me, I do not agree with you. I don`t see it that way. That is not entirely true. That`s partly true, but… I see your point, but… I`m sorry I don`t agree with you, but… Yes, but you don`t think… I think it is not the same thing at all. On the contrary… I am not so sure.
Sorry, I think it`s wrong. Yes, but the problem is that… Well, I think it`s not that simple. SHOWING EMPATHY BEFORE THE DISAGREEING Yes, I agree with you, but… I can see your point, but… That`s very true, but… Of course you`re right, but… I know what you mean, but… I can understand, but… It looks great, but…
I partly agree, but… Yes, it`s true, but on the other side… You may be right, but I think… You`re probably right, but… DISAGREEING IN A RUDE WAY (colloquial) Are you crazy or what? You must be joking, aren`t you? I can`t believe you`re saying that.