Vocabulary for debates and discussionWhen you want to state an opinion: INFORMAL

  • In my opinion____
  • I think that_____
  • I feel that______
  • I believe that______
  • It seems to me that________
  • If you ask me_____
  • I’d say that_______
  • The point is________
  • As I see it_______
  • I’d say that______
  • The point is______

 

 

FORMAL

  • You know what I think… I think that____
  • Wouldn’t you say that_______?
  • Don’t you agree that_______?
  • I’d just like to say that______
  • I’d like to point out that_______

 

When you want someone to repeat or explain:

  • I don’t understand what you mean
  • Would you explain that, please?
  • I’m sorry, but I didn’t understand your point.
  • Could you give an example?
  • What do you mean by_____?
When you want to agree with someone (in ascending order of formality):

  • You’re right
  • I think so, too
  • I agree with you
  • You could be right
  • I couldn’t agree more
  • That’s a good point
  • I couldn’t agree more
  • I see what you mean
  • That’s just what I was thinking
  • I agree entirely
  • You know, that’s exactly what I think

 

 

When you want to disagree with someone (in ascending order of formality):

  • Yes, but_____
  • I disagree
  • That’s not the point
  • No, I think you’re wrong
  • Up to a point, but________
  • Yes, that’s quite true, but_____
  • I’m not sure I quite agree
  • Well, you have a point there, but_____
  • Perhaps, but don’t you think that_____
  • I see what you mean, but________
  • I tend to disagree with you there

 

Informal disagreement (between people you know very well)

  • I can’t agree with you there
  • You can’t be serious!!
  • Come off it!
  • Don’t be silly!
When you want to persuade someone:

  • You must admit that___
  • Do you really believe that_____?
  • Don’t you think that______?
  • Don’t you agree that____?

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