Discussion and Debate – 50 useful expressions

Discussion and Debate – 50 useful expressions

Giving an Opinion
In my opinion…
I think…
The way I see it…
According to…
As far as I’m concerned…

Asking for an Opinion
What do you think?
Do you agree?
What are your thoughts on this?

Agreeing
I completely agree. (strong)
You’re absolutely right. (strong)
I couldn’t agree more. (strong)
Exactly.
You’re right.
I agree.
I guess so. (weak)
You could be right. (weak)
You may have a point there. (weak)

Disagreeing
I completely disagree. (strong)
I totally disagree. (strong)
I disagree.
That’s not always true.
That’s not always the case.
I’m not so sure about that. (weak)
I don’t know if I agree with you. (weak)

Acknowledging someone’s argument and presenting yours
I agree with you, but…
That may be true, but…
I see your point, but…
I guess so, but…
That’s not necessarily true because…
Not necessarily because…

Persuading
But don’t you agree that…
Yes, but I’m sure you’d agree that…
Don’t you think that…

Countering directly
But…
But why…?
But if…
But what about…

Interrupting
Sorry to interrupt, but…
Can I add something?
Sorry, you were saying… (after interrupting someone)
Please let me finish (after being interrupted)

Redirecting
Let’s get back to…

Getting back to…
You were saying that…

Giving examples
For example, …
For instance, …
One example of this is…
Look at the case of…
Take, for example, …
Let’ say, ...

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