Useful Phrases for Discussion and Debate in English

Expressions to Use In Group Discussions & Conversations in English


1. 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…

2. 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,…

3. 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 if…
  • While admitting that…one should not fornet that..
  • Some people think that…,others say that…

4. 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 if…
  • While admitting that…one should not fornet that..
  • Some people think that…,others say that…

5. Expressing doubt

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


6. Expressing disagreement

  • I don’t agree with you about…
  • I can't accept your view that…
  • I'm of a different opinion…

7. 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 look the words right out of my mouth.
  • Giving reason
  • The reason for this is (that)…
  • I base my argument on…
  • I tell you all this because…

8. 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 conclusion 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,…

9. Filers in conversation (used only in speaking)

At the beginning of a sentence

  • Um…
  • Ok/ All right, …
  • Well/ Well, anyway…
  • So/ So then,…
  • By the way,…
  • At any rate…Anyhow…
  • You know,…
  • What I mean is…
  • So…where was I saying? /where was I?

In the middle of a sentence (usually)

  • I mean: This is, I mean, going to be challenging.
  • I guess: Well, I guess the problem is that I'm tired.
  • Kind of: This kind of makes sense
  • Adverbs such as "absolutely", "actually", "really", "sure", "seriously": I mean, seriously, do you believe that?

At the end of a sentence

Though: This is going to be hard, though.
Right?: This is going to be easy, right?

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