Phrases for discussions in English

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1. Introduction

  • Let's begin/start with ...

2. What you think about somebody/something

  • As far as I'm concerned ...
  • I think ...
  • In my opinion ...
  • As far as I know ...
  • In my view ...
  • I don't think ...
  • I don't believe that ...
  • Well, if you ask me ...
  • If you want my honest opinion ...
  • I've never come across the idea that ...

3. How to agree/disagree

  • I must admit that ...
  • I totally/fully/partly agree.
  • I agree/don't agree with you.
  • I believe/don't believe ...
  • I'm convinced that ...
  • The way I see it ...
  • It seems to me that ...
  • I wouldn't say that ...
  • I don't think so.
  • You're right up to a point.
  • You could be right.
  • That can't be right.
  • I don't agree at all.
  • As a matter of fact, ...
  • That's right/wrong.
  • Exactly.
  • I can understand ...
  • It's hard to say.
  • It's a fact that ...
  • However, ...
  • That's why ...
  • John likes computers. - So do I.
  • Steve doesn't like mobiles. - Neither do I.

4. Asking for clarification

  • What do you think?
  • What's your opinion?
  • Would you like to say something?
  • What do you mean?
  • What are your ideas?
  • What are you trying to say?

5. How to interrupt politely

  • I'm sorry, but ...
  • Can/May I add something?
  • Sorry to interrupt, but ...

6. Other opinions

  • On the one hand ... on the other hand ...
  • They claim that ...
  • They also say ...
  • Opinion among teachers is that ...
  • That's a matter of opinion.

7. Phrases to keep a discussion going

  • Let's get back to ...
  • As we just heard ...
  • Where were we?

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