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Useful Phrases for Group Discussions in English

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….?

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…?

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….

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….

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. 
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/ marvellous. 
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 favour of what you’ve been saying.

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.

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…