Useful Expressions for Discussions in English

Learn useful phrases for discussions and conversations in English


Introducing the topic

  • Today we are here to discuss…
  • The goal of our discussion today is…

Bringing in other people

  • What is your opinion, Mr. Ito?
  • Do you agree with Mr. Ito’s opinion, Ms. Suzuki?
  • Mr. Ito, what do you think we should do?
  • Mr. Ito, what are your views regarding this point?

Keeping the Discussion Moving

  • Let’s go on to another point.
  • Next, let’s talk about…
  • Let’s talk about that later.

Giving an opinion

  • In my opinion…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • Personally, I believe that…
  • The way I see it is…

Getting further information

  • Would you mind explaining that a little more, please?
  • Could you explain that more fully?
  • Could you tell us a bit more about that?

Restating an idea

  • In other words,
  • That is, …
  • What I’m trying to say is…
  • I mean…
  • To put it another way…

Persuading Convincing

  • You must admit that…
  • Don’t forget that…
  • You must remember that…

Inquiring about Agreement or Disagreement

  • Do/don’t you agree, Ms. Suzuki?
  • Wouldn’t you agree, Mr. Ito?

Expressing Agreement

  • Yes, that is right/correct.
  • You are right/correct.
  • I definitely agree with Ms. Suzuki.
  • That is exactly what I think.

Expressing Disagreement

  • I don’t really agree with him/her.
  • I’m afraid I can’t agree with his/her opinion.
  • That’s not quite how I see it.
  • I can see your point, but I don’t really agree with it.      

Expressing doubt or reservation

  • Well, maybe, but I’m not sure about that.
  • Hmm, he may be correct but I’m not sure.
  • I can see your point, but I’m not sure I agree.

Refuting a fact

  • Actually,
  • As a matter of fact, …
  • Well, I’m not sure that is true/correct because…

Dismissing an irrelevant point

  • I’m afraid you’re missing the point.
  • I don’t think that has anything do with the goal of our discussion.

Making suggestions

  • Why don’t we/you…
  • How about…
  • I suggest that we/you…

Agreeing with a suggestion

  • Ok. That makes sense.
  • Of course.
  • Certainly

Refusing a suggestion or request

  • I’m sorry but that is out of the question
  • Unfortunately that is not possible.

Capitulation

  • Mr. Suzuki has convinced me that my opinion/suggestion/idea is not useful/practical/necessary/good. Therefore, I have changed my mind.
  • OK. You have persuaded me to change my mind. I can agree with you. 

Expressing similarities

  • Those two points/suggestions are similar.
  • Mr. Suzuki’s idea is about the same as Ms. Ito’s.
  • My idea/suggestion is (more)….er than mine/hers.          

Interrupting

  • Excuse me for interrupting, but…
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…

Getting a point into the discussion

  • I have a point I’d like to make.
  • I’d like to add something here.
  • I’d like to say something about your/her/his idea.

Seeking clarification

  • What do you mean?
  • Sorry, I’m not quite sure what you mean.
  • Do you mean that…?
  • I’m sorry, I don’t quite follow.
  • I don’t quite understand what you’re saying.

Paraphrasing another person’s idea

  • What Ms. Ito means is that…
  • What (s)he is trying to say is that…

Requesting

  • Ms. Ito, I wonder if you would mind…………….., please?
  • Mr. Kato, do you think you could……………, please?

Making comparisons

  • Mr. Ito’s explanation is more/less…………than hers/his.
  • Your opinion/idea is………….-er than mine/hers.

Expressing Preference

  • I think the best/worst suggestion is …
  • His idea is the…………-est  (best, most reasonable etc.)
  • Her proposal is the most/least…
  • One of the most practical items is……………, so we/you should definitely take/use it.

Closing the Discussion

  • In conclusion, the purpose of this discussion…
  • The goal of our discussion is to….
  • We have concluded that…      

Introducing a point

  • First of all I'd like to point out ...
  • The main problem is ...
  • The question of ...
  • Speaking of ...
  • What we have to decide is ...

Enumeration of points

  • first of all, I’d like to say ...
  • in addition to that ...
  • moreover, ...
  • furthermore, ...
  • another example of this is ...
  • first, second, third ...
  • Finally, ...

Stating something as a fact

  • As everyone knows ...
  • It is generally accepted that ...
  • There can be no doubt that ...
  • It is a fact that ...
  • Nobody will deny that ...
  • Everyone knows that ...

Expressing a personal opinion

  • It seems to me that ...
  • I have the feeling that ...
  • I feel that ...
  • I'm absolutely convinced that ...
  • You can take it from me that ...
  • I think/don't think that ...
  • In my opinion, ...
  • Well, if you ask me ...
  • As I see it ...
  • The way I see it, ...
  • Personally, I believe/sup­pose/ feel (that) ...
  • I'm convinced that ...

Expressing pros and cons

  • There are two sides to the question.
  • On the one hand ..., on the other hand ...
  • An argument for/in favour of/against is ...
  • While admitting that ... one should not forget that ...
  • Some people think that ..., others say that ...


Expressing doubt

  • I'm not sure if ...
  • I'm not convinced that ...
  • I wonder if you realize that ...
  • I doubt that.

Expressing disagreement

  • I don't agree with you about ...
  • I can't accept your view that ...

Expressing support

  • You're quite right.
  • That's a very important point.
  • You've got a good point there.
  • I couldn't agree with you more.
  • You took the words right out of my mouth.

Giving reasons

  • The reason for this is (that) ...
  • I base my argument on ...
  • I tell you all this because ...

Keeping to the point

  • It would be more to the point if ...
  • Come to the point.
  • That's not the problem.
  • What we are discussing is ...
  • ... has nothing to do with my argument.
  • That's not relevant.

 Drawing conclusions and sum­ming up

  • The obvious conclusion is ...
  • Last but not least ...
  • The only alternative (left) is ...
  • The only possible solution/con­clusion is ...
  • Summing up, I'd like to say that ...
  • In conclusion we can say that ...
  • To cut a long story short, ...
  • Just to give you the main points again, ...


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