Expressing Opinions in English: Agreeing and Disagreeing

When we are negotiating, expressing opinions or simply chatting with a friend, we often have to agree or disagree with the other person


This lesson is about useful words and phrases that we use when we give an opinion, agree or disagree with someone in English.

1. Giving an Opinion in English

You can start a debate or discussion by sharing your opinion, or you can give people your opinion within a conversation:

  • If you ask me..
  • I would have to say that (opinion)
  • You know what I think, I think that…
  • The point is…
  • As I see it…
  • The way I see it is…
  • I sometimes think that…
  • Wouldn’t you say that…?
  • I’d just like to say that…
  • Don’t you think it’s right to say that…?
  • It’s my feeling that…
  • I tend to think that…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • In my opinion/In my view…
  • From my point of view…
  • The way I see it is (that)…
  • To my mind…
  • Well, I reckon (that)…
  • I (strongly) believe (that)…
  • I (really) feel (that)…
  • Personally speaking, I believe…
  • As for me, I reckon…

2. Expressing Agreement

Let’s look at some phrases when we agree strongly with someone. 

  • There is no doubt about it that...
  • I (totally/completely/absolutely) agree with you.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • I’d go along with that.
  • I feel same.
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely/Definitely/Exactly.
  • No doubt about it.
  • That’s a good point/ I see your point.
  • I see where you’re coming from.
  • That's so true.
  • I agree with you entirely.
  • That's just what I was thinking.
  • I couldn't agree more.

Partial agreement is a little more difficult.

  • I see your point but…
  • I kind of agree with you/that.
  • I agree with you to an extent, however, …
  • You make a good point, but…
  • Yes, OK, but perhaps..
  • I see what you mean but have you thought about..
  • I hear what you’re saying but..
  • I accept what you’re saying but…
  • True enough but….
  • On the whole, I agree with you but…
  • It sounds interesting, but...
  • It's only partly true that...
  • That seems abvious, but...
  • It is not as simple as it seems.
  • I agree with you in principle, but...
  • I agree with you in part, but...
  • Well, you could be right.



3. Expressing Disagreement

In spoken English, just saying “I disagree” is often too direct. Most English speakers use phrases that are modified to be more polite, or indirect methods to express disagreement. Let's learn some phrases listed below:

  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I don’t agree with you/that.
  • I’d be inclined to disagree.
  • That’s not the way I see it.
  • I don’t think so/ I don’t feel the same.
  • I can not share this/ that/ the view.
  • I'm not sure about that.
  • I must take issue with you on that.
  • Well, as a matter of fact,...
  • I don't entirely agree with you.
  • Actually,...

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