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Discussion Skills 1
How to express opinions agreement and disagreement

1. Agree/ disagree 3. Expand discussions . Express Opinions 2.

…  If you ask me.1. …  If you ask me …  It strikes that …  .…  From my point of view. …  No doubt about it.Express Opinions (Personally). I think …+[opinion]  I feel that …  My feeling is that …  It seems to me …  In my opinion. …  As I see it.

 That’s worth thinking about.  That’s just how I see it.  That’s exactly what I was thinking.Agreement Absolutely  I agree (completely).  I couldn't agree more.  I quite agree.  .  That may be.  Your are right.  That’s a good point.

 .  I'm not so sure about that.  I’m not sure I agree with you./ I wouldn't agree.  I’m sorry but I really can’t agree.Disagreement I disagree.  I’m afraid I don’t agree.

but …  .  To be honest. my opinion is…  Well.  Well. yes. not everybody…  Not really.  (I’m afraid) that’s not how I see it.  I’m afraid I have a different opinion.  That’s not the way I see it.Disagreement Do you think so?  I wouldn’t say that exactly.  I’m not convinced by your argument.  You can’t be serious.

 I disagree.  Are you kidding?  Don’t make me laugh.  I don’t think so. .Disagreement  Come off it.  Nonsense! Rubbish!  That’s ridiculous.  I can't agree at all.

Expand discussions A: [opinion expression] + [opinion] B: "Why?" A: "Because + [reason] + [signal (e.") or Disagree (then return to Line 1) .. "Let's go to the next one. How about you?)]" B: Agree (then say.g.

Discussion Skills 2 How to ask for and give an opinion .

How to ask for information (Formal-informal) I was wondering where you stood on the question of …?  What‟s your opinion of…?  What‟s your opinion on …?  What do you think of /about …?  How do you find …?  How do you feel about …?  What do you reckon about …?  What / How about …?  .

How to ask for information Could you please tell me your opinion on…  Would you please comment on…  Can you tell me your opinion on…  I‟m wondering what‟s your opinion on…  Can you say something on…  Do you think…  Do you agree that…  .

I think… As I see it… Frankly. I think… If you want my opinion… Personally. I think… .How to give an opinion(Formal—informal)           It would seem to me that… As far as I am able to judge… As far as I‟m concerned… I‟d like to point out … I‟d just like to say… From my point of view.

I think…  Well. I think…  One thing I should mention is that…  . in my opinion…  Believe it or not.How to give an opinion I reckon…  To tell you the truth.

How to ask for clarification 3. How to give clarification .Discussion Skills 3 1. How to ask for more detailed information 2.

.  I‟m afraid I‟m not quite clear about how you DO…  I‟m interested in knowing more about ....How to ask for more detailed information I wonder if you could explain about …in more detail?  Could I ask you a little more about … in more detail?  I‟m afraid I‟m not quite clear about .  How exactly do you DO…?  .

 .How to ask for more information Could you fill me a bit on …?  Can you put me in the picture about …?  Can you give more details?  Can you give me some examples?  Can you explain it more clearly?  Can you say something more about it?  Please give me an example.

but could you explain what you mean by …  What (exactly) do you mean by …  What (exactly) are you trying to say?  What are you getting at?  .How to ask for clarification I‟m afraid I‟m not quite clear what you mean by …  I‟m sorry. I don‟t understand what you mean by …  I‟m sorry.

? You said …. what do you mean? When you say…. do you mean …? Just a second. are you thinking …? .do you mean…. but what does … mean? When you say…. do you mean …? Doesn't that mean the same as …? Sorry to interrupt.How to ask for clarification What do you mean by …? Hold on.

what I‟m trying to say is that…  What I mean is that…  All I‟m trying to say is that…  Well. …. the point I‟m trying to make is that…  Well. I mean…  Um. Let me see. I think…  Well. what I‟m getting at is that…  Ah.  .How to give clarification Well.

Discussion Skills 4 How to rephrase How to generalize .

Is that what you mean?  .How to rephrase your own statements That‟s not quite what I meant…  Let me put it in another way…  Sorry.. let me explain…  My understanding is that…  I think you mean…  If I‟m right. you mean…  ….

How to make generalizations I‟m inclined (not) to DO…  I tend not to Do…  In the vast majority of cases. …  In general. …  In my opinion. …  In most cases. …  On the whole. …  By and large. …  . …  Generally speaking.

Discussion Skills 5 How to interrupt Other tips .

if I may. but…  Excuse me. …  I have a point (to make) here. …  May I say something here. …  Can I interrupt (you) for a moment? …  Sorry to interrupt.How to interrupt I‟d like to add something here. but…  Wait a minute! …  Hold on! …  Hang on! …  .

How to express mild disbelief or surprise Is it?”.  .  “Can he?”  repetition of part of what the other speaker has said  questions like “What do you mean?” or “Really?” or “Is that so?” etc.

 “You know”. are often used to make a negative statement less abrupt.  “I suppose”.How to ease the tone In spoken English comment clauses like  “I think”.  “I believe”. etc. .  “I hope”.  „I‟m afraid”.  “I dare say”.

 . but I go swimming sometimes.How to show modesty A: Can you swim?  B: I‟m not a good swimmer.  B‟s answer is a good example of expressing what one can do in a modest way.

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