Commonly used Phrases in Group Discussion Functional English GD-Oriented: Initiation 1 Good morning friends! I am Ramesh.

2 Good morning all! I am Lalitha. 3 Good afternoon my friends! I am Sunil. 4 Good afternoon all! I am Rani. 5 Let me initiate the discussion. The topic is corruption. 6 The topic given to us is corruption. Let me start the discussion. 7 We are given the topic of corruption. Let me take the privilege of starting the discussion. 8 We are expected to discuss the topic corruption. I take it as a privilege to start the process. 9 To start with the topic given for discussion is terrorism. Let us discuss this with enthusiasm. 10 To begin with we are given a very interesting topic for discussion. Lets participate in this process with concern. 11 The topic given for our discussion is dowry, which is a very sensitive subject. 12 The topic ragging or no ragging is highly controversial. Lets put forward our ideas on this. 13 It is a great chance to discuss a topic like this. It is brain drain. 14 It’s a nice opportunity to discuss a topic like religious harmony. Let us discuss this with open minds. 15 I invite you all for this great event in our career journey. Let us discuss the given topic with enthusiasm. 16 I welcome you all for this highly competitive event. Let us take part in this with the spirit of sportsmen. 17 As you are aware we are expected to discuss the given topic to prove our abilities. Let us do our best. 18 We are here to participate in this highly competitive event. Let us participate with a lot of zeal. 19 I am aware that you all are eager to participate in the discussion on the given topic. However, give me a chance to initiate the process. 20 It is evident that you all are eagerly waiting to discuss the topic. However, please allow me to give my opening remarks. 21 The topic given to us is attrition in the corporate world. Let us discuss the topic with a realistic mind set. 22 The given topic the misuse of information technology is a topic to be discussed with a scientific mind. Let me take the first step. 23 I am Kumar formally introducing the topic should we introduce reservations in private sector. Personally I feel that…. 24 I am Ramya opening the discussion on the topic the pros and cons of matrimonial dot coms. In my opinion. 25 This is Kiran initiating the discussion on the interesting subject – love marriage or arranged marriage. My personal feeling is… 26 It is very interesting to discuss the topic love marriage or arranged marriage. In my view… 27 The topic dating or no dating has become highly controversial nowadays. At a personal level I think that… 28 Generation gap is a very emotional topic to discuss. However, when I think carefully I feel that… 29 It needs a balanced mind to discuss a topic like who is great? Man or woman? My unbiased opinion is that… 30 The topic love marriage or arranged marriage has been discussed since marriage was introduced. However, I have a feeling that… 31 At our age it is tough to discuss a topic like balancing personal and professional life. As per my knowledge I can say that…

Let me begin the discussion with my opinions on the given subject. Taking this in to account my opinion on the topic is… 39 As a writer put it the darkest hour is before the dawn. Let us work like a team for another ten minutes. 48 With the permission of you all I am initiating the discussion on the topic. 44 Our words reflect our minds and attitudes. When I look at the topic with a cool mind I understand that… 37 As the proverb says roam was not built in a day. 51 It is tough to open a discussion on a sensitive subject like love marriage or arranged marriage. So let me have the privilege of taking the first step. I like to take the first steps. 42 As you all are aware group discussion calls for teamwork. However. My personal view is that… 33 Every one has a right to have his or her opinion on a topic like love marriage or arranged marriage. 53 The toughest part of any task is to take the first step. 43 It is a fact that our attitude. Let us create that before we get into the actual process. personality and skills get reflected in-group discussion. I take it as a pleasant challenge to speak first. 47 Thank you very much for giving me an opportunity to open the discussion on the topic. 54 The most important step in finishing a task is to begin it. 46 I consider this as a great opportunity to speak out my opinions on the given topic. 40 As great people felt it a discussion should bring out new ideas from the old ones. So let me do this toughest task of taking the first step.32 The subject students and politics can be looked at from different viewpoints. 52 Even a journey of thousand miles starts with the first little step. . As an individual I think that… 34 As you are aware discussion on a topic needs opinions of different people. I am Kumar initiating the discussion and inviting your opinions. 45 It my privilege to speak out my mind in your presence. Let us prove that we are positive people. To begin with my opinion on the given subject is… 35 It is said that the world is what we see. 41 As all of us know group discussion needs a harmonious atmosphere. When I look at the given topic which my eyes I find that… 36 As the saying goes haste is waste. When I think of the topic based on this I feel that… 38 As every one of us knows we reap what we sow. However. Let us prove that it is true. We can apply this idea to our topic of discussion. 49 I thank you all for allowing me to speak first on the given subject. Let us participate in this group discussion in a great way. 50 Speaking first on any given subject is really tough.

But from the academic viewpoint I cannot accept. When we differ in our opinions it doesn’t mean that we have to fight. Why can’t you speak a little? 13. 28. So please come back to the main line of discussion. It will be nice if you could speak. Laya wants to say something. We can differ in our opinions without opposing one another. But we are expected to discuss. Ms. Kumar! Let me speak. Ms. Ms. We are here to establish a common opinion on the given topic. Kumar! Your have been silent till now. 17. Mr. Friends! In an argument the truth is always lost. 2. To bring out good results we have to maintain our temper and exchange ideas politely. Mr. Why can’t you speak? 19. 23. But I differ with you in certain areas. Please cool down. Let us have her say. Mr. 8. 29. Ms. Mr. Mr. Laya! I am sorry that your opinion is highly personal and socially not acceptable. Please be aware of this and make it a real discussion. Friends! I feel that Mr. Let us encourage him to speak. 31. 14. Ms. Ram is trying to say something. Arguments lead us nowhere. Lavanya! It seems you have been trying to say something. Mr. 15. Please remember this. Naresh! It will be nice if you could add your ideas to our opinions. Friends! Ms. Lalitha! You are getting into an argument rather than discussing the topic. Let us have your opinion on this subject. Let us discuss our differences in a calm atmosphere. Let us do this by maintaining our temper. Ms. Mr. 24. Mr. Laya! Your opinion is great and valid. I am sorry to differ with you but we are discussing some thing related to the humanity. Ramani! I find you very aloof and isolated. Friends! I have to remind you that we should not bring out our emotions while discussing a subject. So please be objective. Ramesh! You have been speaking for a long time. I am sorry to note that the discussion is gradually becoming an argument. If we argue like this we cannot do that. So let us stop arguing. 4. Let me speak for a moment. Raju! It seems you are hesitating to come forward. Ramesh! I might agree with you at a personal level. . Friends! Mr. Mr. Mr. Ramesh. 20. 10. Come on 21. Why can’t we give him a chance? 27. Sudha and Mr. Divya! I basically accept your opinion. 6. Argument is always harmful. 33. Ms. Ms. While I differ with you Mr. Ramya! Please give me a chance to speak. 22. 5. Ramesh and Ms. Please be composed. Please compose your selves. 9.Functional English GD-Oriented: Main Discussion 1. 26. Naresh! You have added a wonderful point to our discussion. 36. 12. Friends! Let me have an opportunity to speak. Why can’t you join us? 18. Divya has something to say but keeping silent. 11. Sunitha! You both have been silent from the beginning. 3. Naresh wants to add a few points. Venkatesh! It will be our pleasure to have your opinion on this subject. 35. Gayathri! What you have told is a wonderful point. All of us are expected to exchange our ideas to establish a common opinion. Yogesh! Never hesitate to speak out your opinions. 34. I don’t mean I oppose you. Sunitha! You have been quiet ever since the discussion started. Why can’t you come out and speak a few words? 16. Let us hear what she says. Dear friends! We are getting into an argument. Friends! It seems Ms. Ramesh and Ms. 7. 30. 25. 32. Ms.

Can you elaborate it further? 43. This is time for you people to express your views. My dear friends! You know that it’s an important event and all of us are expected to speak. How do you feel about it? 47. Rani! You give a statement that arranged marriages are always safe and successful. Can you be brief? 44. 39. 40. 42. Friends! Mr. Mr. Can anybody add a new opinion? 50. 38. Ramya. Friends! It seems the discussion is slowly losing its momentum. So please come out with your ideas. Mr. Do you have any remarks? 48. Divya and Ramesh feel that reservations should be banned. Friends! To make the discussion lively let us leave our inhibitions and come out with our opinions. Yogesh! I appreciate your ideas but you are deviating from the topic.37. 41. Friends! For a long time I find only two kinds of opinions on this topic. Ramesh says that matrimonial dot coms are doing us a great favor. Friends! A discussion is possible only when you come out with your ideas. Ms. Can you explain how? 45. Dear friends! I am sure we are deviating from the main topic. Please focus on what is important. Ms. So please be fast and brief in expressing your views. My dear friends! I have spoken for a long time. Mr. What do others say? 49. Ramya! You are taking too long a time to express your views. My dear friends! Nobody can understand our ideas when we keep quiet. Dear friends! Ms. Let us cheer up our selves and make it lively. Cheer up and speak out your ideas. 53. Niraja states that modern dresses are creating many problems. Ramesh! Your point is highly inspiring. Raju! You say that love marriages always fail. So speak with enthusiasm. 54. Can you give any evidence? 46. Dear friends! It will be nice if we could focus on what is important. Can we come back to the main line? 52. . Dear friends! We are losing time. 51.

Let me give this finishing touch to our discussion. Dear friends! This is time for us to summarize our views. 13. Dear friends! In summary it can be said that… 27. Well dear friends! We have had a wonderful discussion. 5. Please give me an opportunity to summarize the same. 30. 7. When people differ in their opinions they bring out their best. I feel privileged to make a summary of the same. 22. 16. . A summary is what icing is for a cake. Friends! Thank you very much for your valuable ideas. We have had many opinions on this topic. 26. Thank you very much for your contributions to the discussion. 18. Friends! Let me have the privilege of summarizing your views on the given subject. Our discussion started in a splendid way but it has slowed down in the end. 12. However. Let me summarize it. Anything good needs a summary. 19. Friends! It my pleasure to summarize your valuable views on the given topic. Basically I find two opposite opinions. Our discussion started with a dull note but ended up in a great way. So far I have been listening to your views. It’s nice to listen to your opinions. 20. 4. They are… 24. 2. 14. Friends! Our discussion has been very noisy and I could hardly listen to your views clearly. 23. Let me highlight this point by summarizing your opinions. Let me have the privilege of summarizing this wonderful discussion. While summarizing the different opinions on this topic I feel that… 28. In summary the discussion has become an argument and it is very difficult to give a summary. 11. Now let me have the pleasure of summarizing your views. 6. In the process of summarizing all your views it is felt that… 29. Let me summarize the whole process. Its time for us to summarize these and let me take the initiative. My dear friends! Let me give a quick summary of our opinions on the topic. Friends! It is time for us to stop talking and make a summary of our views. Our discussion has gone well in a very nice way. Let me summarize this discussion. So let me summarize. Dear friends! To summarize our discussion it can be said that… 25. A story without an ending and a discussion without summary are not meaningful. However. Let me put them together and summarize. Thank you very much for your participation. Now it is time for me to speak a few words in summary. 17. Everything has to end somewhere. What a nice discussion it is! Let me have the pleasure of highlighting important points. 8. Please give me a chance to come out with a common opinion. Let me ice the cake of our discussion with my summary. When the discussion is meaningful it brings out a new and valid point. I will do my best. 15. 3. However. It’s my pleasure to underscore the highlights. 10.Functional English GD-Oriented: Summarizing 1. 9. It is a finishing touch that gives beauty to anything and everything. 21. It’s nice to listen to so many brilliant opinions on this topic. let me highlight the key points. I will give a summary. So let us end our discussion and have a summary of our views. Let me summarize this process.

It is interesting to know your different ideas on the simple topic like this… It is my pleasure to summarize the same. I am pleased to listen to all these valuable opinions. Dear friends! Two individuals have dominated the discussion. 50. 51. 36. Congratulations my friends! What a wonderful discussion it has been! It is time for us to have a summary. Dear friends! The topic of our discussion is highly controversial and sensitive. Dear friends! Our discussion has been very inimical and to summarize this discussion is a tough job. Dear friends! In summary it can be said that…………………. However. 49. Taking this into account I summarize the process like this… 37. A discussion can be summarized but not an argument. To put your opinions in simple words I say that… 45. Let me summarize how this has been done. 52. Dear friends! Our discussion has been very dull and hardly two of us have spoken. It is nice that we could come to a common understanding about this topic. I am sorry to say that our discussion has got totally deviated. But from what ever little is spoken I can say that… 35. It’s my pleasure to summarize them. So in summary it can be said that… 43. 46. Never the less. And it is a pleasure to summarize the same. Never the less. Group discussion is to know our views but not to decide what is good and what is bad. Dear friends! After listening to our valuable ideas I summarize our discussion by saying that… 40.. And personally I add that………………………. As the saying goes the greatest things are the simplest. in summary it can be said that… 42. I take the trouble. Dear friends! We are running short of time and let me give a quick summary of our divergent opinions. It is surprising that people have these many different ideas on such a simple subject. let me take the responsibility of summarizing our arguments. When I look at the two sides of your opinions it can be said that… 41. 48.31. 47. It is time for us to summarize. When people have not spoken at all it is all most impossible to summarize it. The purpose of group discussion is to know the difference between accepting and agreeing. I can summarize the main points like this… 34. . 32. Friends! For my surprise a simple topic has generated so many valuable points. Dear friends! It is time for summary and I request all of you to cooperate with me. 53. 54. Dear friends! After listening to these many complicated views I simplify them by saying that… 44. Let me summarize this… 38. However. It is my pleasure to summarize the same. Well done my friends! Congratulations for your active participation. Everything has got two sides. 39. Dear friends! Please stop arguing and let me give a summary because we have to conclude the process within a minute.. However in summary I can say that… 33.

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