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Speaking Bank

Ordering arguments I’d suggest that…


Let’s begin/start with ... I’d like to point out that…
To begin/ start with, … I believe that…
First of all …/ Firstly …. I’m convinced / positive that …
Secondly … As I see it, …
Another thing is that … What I mean is…
On one hand …, but on the other hand … It is thought that...
The main reason is … Some people say that...
Another reason is … It is considered...
Well, the thing is that … It is generally accepted that...
It’s also true that … I consider / find / feel / believe / suppose /
presume / assume that ...
And finally …
It goes without saying that ...
I don’t think ...
Stating an opinion
I don’t really know (if) ...
I think (that) …
I’m not sure (about/if) ...
In my view/ opinion...
I don’t have a strong / definite opinion about
To my mind, ... that.
My view / belief / impression / conviction is that
...
Asking for an opinion
My own feeling on the subject is that ...
What do you think (of/ about …)?
I am under the impression that ...
What’s your view/ opinion on … ?
I hold the view that ...
What’s your idea?
I dare say that ...
What are your thoughts on all of this?
If you want my honest opinion...
How do you feel about that?
As far as I’m concerned...
Do you have anything to say about this?
If you ask me...
Do you agree (that …)?
In my eyes, ...
Don’t you agree that …?
In my experience…
Wouldn’t you say …?
Speaking for myself…
How do you see the situation?
Speaking personally, ...
Have you considered …?
Personally, I think…
I’d say that…
Expressing agreement Expressing disagreement
Yes, I agree (with you)/ I share your I’m sorry to disagree with you, but…
view.
I’m afraid I disagree /can’t agree with you.
I agree with you 100 percent.
I’m not so sure about that / that’s true /correct.
I completely agree with you.
I’m not sure I can accept it.
I agree with you entirely.
That’s different. / That’s not entirely true.
I couldn’t agree with you more.
I beg to differ.
That’s a good point.
Yes, but don’t you think…
You have a point there.
I see what you mean, but …
I can go along with that. / I’d go along with that.
I take/ see your point, but…
That’s exactly how I feel / what I think.
I agree to some extent, but …
That’s so true.
There might be some truth in that, but …
That’s for sure.
That’s not the same thing at all.
You’re absolutely right.
That’s not always true.
Right/ That’s right.
That’s not always the case.
Absolutely.
I don’t think that’s quite right /true.
Exactly.
I think otherwise.
No doubt about it. I take a different view.
That’s just what I was thinking. I totally disagree.
I was just going to say that. I don’t share his/her/your view.
I have no objection. I don’t agree with you.
I have come to the same conclusion. I don’t think so.
I hold the same opinion. Not necessarily.
We are of one mind / of the same mind on that However…
question.
On the contrary…
That’s just it!
(Strong) You must be joking!
Fair enough!
No way.
Quite so!
Just so! This argument does not hold water.
Not at all!
Yes of course!
Nonsense!
(Weak) I suppose so./I guess so.
Rubbish!
I’m afraid I agree with … .
(Agree with negative statement) Me neither. /
Neither do I./ I don’t think so either.
Interruptions So what it comes down to is …
Can I add something here? The point I’m trying to make is …
Is it okay if I jump in for a second? In short …
If I might add something... In other words …
Can I throw my two cents in? To sum up …
Sorry to interrupt, but..
(After accidentally interrupting Playing for time
someone) Sorry, go ahead. / Sorry, you were
saying... Let me see …

(After being interrupted) You didn’t let me Well, let me think …


finish.
Hm, let me think about that for a moment …
I’ll have to think about it.
Settling an argument How shall / can I put it?
Let’s just move on, shall we?
Let’s drop it.
Asking for clarification
(Sarcastic) Whatever you say./ If you say so.
Pardon?
Sorry?
Giving examples Sorry, I didn’t catch it.
For instance, …
Sorry, I missed it.
To give you an idea, …
Do you mean ... ?
One example of this is …
Does this mean …?
Look at the case of …
Can you say it / that again, please?
Would you mind repeating it / that, please?
Summarizing Could you spell that, please.