Useful Phrases for Group Discussions in English

What are some good words and expressions to use in group discussions?


1. Asking for Opinions

  • Could you tell me....?
  • What do you think about/of....?
  • What’s your opinion about...?
  • Do you think/feel....?
  • How do you feel about....?
  • May I ask you....?

2. Asking for an explanation

  • Could you explain to me....?
  • Could someone please tell me....?
  • Just tell me the reason why....?
  • I don’t really understand....?
  • I just don’t see why/what/how....
  • Are you saying that....?
  • What do you mean by that?
  • I beg your pardon?
  • I didn’t quite get that. Excuse me, did you say that...?

3. Giving your opinion

  • In my opinion/view....
  • If you ask me...
  • As far as I can see/I’m concerned....
  • It seems to me that....
  • I have the/a feeling that ....
  • I think/feel/reckon/believe....
  • Well, I’d say....
  • If you want my opinion....
  • You can take it from me that....
  • First of all/To start with I’d like to point out ...
  • What we have to decide is....
  • There can be no doubt that....
  • It’s a fact that....
  • Nobody will deny that....
  • The way/As I see it Everyone knows....
  • Let me put it this/another way....
  • Let’s get this clear (first)....
  • Sorry to interrupt you, but....
  • The point I’m trying to make is....
  • Personally (speaking) I think....
  • I’m absolutely convinced that....
  • My view/point of view is that....
  • The way I look at/see it is this
  • What I actually meant was....

4. Giving an explanation

  • Look, it’s like this:
  • What I mean is....
  • The reason for this is....
  • The main problem is....
  • Just let me explain....
  • Well, the reason is....
  • Well, the thing is ....
  • Above all we must keep in mind that....

5. Agreeing with an opinion

  • I (quite) agree.
  • I agree completely/entirely.
  • I couldn’t agree (with you) more.
  • I entirely/completely agree with you on that.
  • That’s true/right.
  • That’s just it.
  • Quite/Exactly/Precisely/Right/Certainly/Definitely.
  • You’re quite/so right.
  • I think so, too.
  • I don’t think so either.
  • That’s just my feeling/opinion.
  • That’s just how I see it/feel about it, too.
  • That’s a very good/important point.
  • You’ve got a good point there.
  • Yes, of course/definitely/absolutely Marvelous.
  • That’s exactly what I mean/say.
  • Yes, that’s obvious.
  • That’s exactly how I see it.
  • That’s what I think
  • How very true.
  • So do I/So am I
  • Yes, indeed.
  • I’m all in favor of what you’ve been saying.

6. Qualified agreement

  • Yes, perhaps, but....
  • Yes, possibly, although....
  • Yes, but on the other hand....
  • Yes, up to a point.
  • I agree up to a certain point, but....
  • Yes, in a way.
  • Maybe, I suppose so.
  • Well, it depends.
  • I don’t think it’s as simple as that.....
  • I see what you mean, but I think that’s not the whole story
  • You may be right there.
  • Yes, but there’s also another aspect to consider.

7. Polite disagreement

  • I disagree (with you), I’m afraid.
  • No, I really can’t agree, I’m afraid.
  • I don’t quite agree there.
  • I’m not so certain/at all sure if that’s true/correct
  • I’m not (quite) so sure (really).
  • I’m sorry I can’t agree.
  • Do you really think so/believe that?
  • I’m not convinced that ....
  • Well, that’s one way of looking at it, (but) Well, I have my doubts about that
  • You can’t really mean that.
  • You don’t really mean that, do you?
  • I wouldn’t say so.
  • I don’t think so.
  • I don’t think you’re right/that’s right.
  • Surely you don’t mean that?
  • I don’t want to argue with you, but....
  • I can’t go all the way with you on that point.
  • Are you seriously suggesting that...?
  • I have my problems with what you’re saying.

8. Strong disagreement

  • I doubt that very much
  • I think you got that wrong
  • Don’t you dare say so! Rubbish!
  • Bloody hell, no!
  • Shame on you!
  • You’re pulling my leg!
  • On the contrary!
  • That doesn’t convince me at all.
  • You’re contradicting yourself.
  • I’ve never heard of such a thing.
  • You’re wrong, you know.
  • You can’t be serious!
  • It’s not like that at all!
  • That’s not correct.
  • You’re contradicting yourself
  • You don’t understand.
  • I’m afraid; I don’t think you quite understand.
  • I don’t think so, really!
  • That’s not fair!
  • That’s out of the question.
  • I can’t believe that I’m afraid
  • I can’t accept your view, that....
  • Do you really think that’s a good idea?
  • I’m afraid, I can’t agree with you there
  • Well, you would, wouldn’t you?
  • Really? Don’t be silly/stupid!
  • How stupid can you get?
  • What a silly/stupid thing to say!
  • That’s (simply) not true!
  • I don’t think, you can say....
  • Surely you’re not serious, are you?
  • I doubt it/that very much
  • You can’t be serious!
  • Oh, come on, think about what you’ve just said!
  • I doubt if ...
  • I’ve got my doubts about that.
  • I don’t agree with you at all.
  • I disagree entirely/completely.
  • Oh, come on, you must be joking/kidding!
  • That’s out of the question
  • That’s not how I see it It’s not as simple as that!
  • That’s no excuse I believe you’re mistaken
  • That doesn’t make sense to me.
  • Let’s be sensible about this.
  • You’re hopeless/wrong.
  • You won’t listen to reason.
  • I think you got that wrong
  • I’m not impressed
  • For heaven’s sake!
  • Well that’s one way of looking at it, but….

9. Making a complaint

  • I can’t quite understand how/why…
  • I’ve come to complain about ...
  • I’m disappointed with I’m fed up with....
  • It really is terrible/ridiculous that….
  • I’m sorry I have to say this, but....
  • Forgive me for mentioning it, but....
  • That’s what I want to know.
  • Do you realize that....?
  • Are you aware that....?
  • I’m disappointed to hear that…..
  • What are you going to do about it?
  • Something ought to be done about it.
  • Look, I really must protest about....
  • Can’t something be done to/about....

10. Reacting to a complaint

  • I’m (awfully) sorry to hear that
  • Î really must apologize for this.
  • Well, there’s nothing we can do about that, I’m
  • afraid
  • This isn’t my/our fault, you know.
  • What do you expect us/me to do?
  • I’ll find out what has happened
  • I’m sorry you should take it that way.
  • I'll see what I can do.

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