EFL/ESL English Speaking Lessons
Expressing agreement and disagreement in English
Everyday conversations are full of ideas that we agree or disagree with. Imagine yourself speaking with someone and said: “education is not really important and going to school is just a waste of time”. You will probably agree or disagree with the statement. This is what we call agreement and disagreement.
What is an agreement and disagreement?
- Agreement is when people have and share the same opinion and feelings.
- Disagreement is when people have different opinions about something and often argue.
In English, there are many expressions we can use to express both agreement and disagreement.
Expressing agreement in English
- I agree with you.
- I totally agree.
- She can’t disagree more.
- I share the same opinion.
- I have the same perspective.
- That’s exactly what I was thinking of.
- I absolutely agree.
- They think you are right.
- I simply must agree with that
- You said it all
Expressing disagreement in English
- I disagree with you.
- He totally disagrees with.
- I don’t have the same idea.
- I don’t have the same perspective.
- That’s not what I was thinking of.
- I absolutely disagree.
- I’m not sure I agree with you.
- She is not sure we share the same idea.
- I object
- I can’t perceive your point to be right
Sometimes, you don’t agree or disagree with what the people, you are speaking with, say: (partial agreement).
Expressing partial agreement in English
- What you said is true, but………
- I partly agree……
- She thinks you are right, but……..
- I agree with most of what you said but …..
- We share some of the ideas, but …..
Examples of expressing agreement and disagreement in English
- A: Jokes are so important in our lives.
- B: Yes, I totally agree with you.
- A: School is just a waste of time.
- B: I partially agree. They kill students’ creativity and don’t appreciate their differences.
- A: Immigration to other countries is the right solution for joblessness.
- B: No, I totally disagree. I think people should stay in and serve their country.
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