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Unit 2.4: Agreeing and Disagreeing

In a conversation, you may agree totally with what the other person said, or you may agree partially, with reservation.  On the other hand, you may mildly or even strongly disagree with the other person.  What can you say in each of these situations?  Below are some common expressions that you can use.

  • Showing Total Agreement

     

    • Absolutely.

    • Exactly.

    • Indeed!

    • That's for sure.

    • You're right.

    • I totally agree with you.

    • I agree with you a hundred percent.

    • I couldn't agree with you more.

    • Can't argue with that.

    • Couldn't have said it better.

    • We see eye to eye on this.  (idiom)  (Meaning:  we agree totally on this)

     

  • Showing Partial Agreement

     

    • You may be right.

    • Well, perhaps (you're right).

    • You might have a point there.

     

  •  Showing Mild Disagreement

     

    • It may be so, but ...

    • I'm not sure if I agree with you totally there.

     

  •  Showing Strong Disagreement

     

    • I'm afraid I disagree with you.

    • I'm afraid I can't agree with you.

    • I couldn't disagree (with you) more.

    • I disagree completely.

    • You've got that wrong. (informal)

    • You're dead wrong.  (informal)

Examples:

 

Dialog 1:  (between 2 friends) 

  • Jim:  Listen to this.  They are going to ban smoking on the beach in Los Angeles.

  • Joe:  Really?  That's good news.  I think they should do the same here in Japan.

  • JimExactly!

Dialog 2:  (between 2 friends) 

  • Ann:  Guess what?  I've made an appointment to have a nose job next week.

  • Liz:   A nose job?  Are you for real? 

  • Ann:  Yeah!  What's wrong with that?  If I look better, I'll feel better.

  • Liz:   I'm not sure if I agree with you totally there.  Looks is not that important.  What's important is your personality.

  • AnnYou're dead wrong, Liz!  Looks is everything for a woman. 

  • Liz:  Well, I'm afraid we don't see eye to eye on this.

(*a nose job = cosmetic surgery on the nose)

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