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How to agree and disagree in English – English conversation practice

In this class, you’ll learn how to agree and disagree in English.

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There are times when we agree with what our friends or colleagues say, but others when we don’t. The question is, should we say what we think? Sometimes, it’s best to keep quiet; but other times, it’s good to speak out. Here’s some useful language for agreeing and disagreeing with someone. Plus, there’s a conversation so you can see the language in action!

Expressing agreement

• I completely agree with you.
• I agree with you 100 percent.
• I couldn’t agree with you more.
• That’s so true.
• You’re absolutely right.
• That’s exactly how I feel.

Partial agreement; agreeing with others

• I suppose so. / I guess so.
• I guess you’ve got a point there.
• I’m afraid I agree with James.
• I have to side with Melissa on this one.
• I think I’m with Poppy on this one.

Expressing disagreement

• I really don’t agree.
• I can’t say I agree with you on that one.
• I don’t think so.
• I couldn’t agree less.
• I’m afraid I completely disagree.
• I totally disagree.

Being tactful

• Not necessarily.
Yes, but…
That’s not always the case.
I’m not so sure about that.
Let’s just agree to disagree.
I know what you mean, but…
I understand what you’re saying but…

Strongly disagreeing

• That’s ridiculous!
• That’s absurd!
• Oh, come off it! (strong)
• No way! (strong)
• You cannot be serious! (inform)
• You’ve got to be joking! (inform)
• You’re kidding! (inform)

You’re going to listen to a conversation. Brian and Jenny are talking about the pros and cons of eReaders versus traditional books. Listen and complete the script with the correct words.

Watch the video to listen to the conversation.

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