Agreeing and Disagreeing In English
There are different degrees of agreeing and disagreeing in English; you can do this by showing complete agreement or disagreement, partial agreement or disagreement or strongly agreeing or disagreeing. Below are some agreement and disagreement phrases that one can use to express one’s opinion about something.
Expressing Strong Agreement:
“I strongly agree!”
“I totally agree!”
“I agree 110 percent!”
“I completely agree!”
“I couldn’t agree more…”
“You are right…”
“I am of the same belief…”
Expressing Partial Agreement:
“I understand your point of view, but I also think that…”
“I don’t completely agree….”
“I don’t really agree…”
“I understand where you are coming from, but….”
“I see your point, but I don’t completely agree…”
“I see your point, but I disagree…”
“I kind of disagree with that….”
“I don’t agree…”
“I don’t see your point…”
“I am of a different opinion…”
“I don’t see/understand where you are coming from.”
“I don’t believe the same…”
“I don’t share your opinion (on that matter)…”
Expressing Strong Disagreement:
“I strongly disagree…”
“I totally disagree…”
“I don’t agree at all…”
“I’m afraid, but I don’t agree at all…”
Please use the Dialog below to role play with a friend.
Jasmine and David are driving to a Rolling Stones concert…
Jasmine: I love the Rolling Stones! I have been waiting for this moment for a long time!
David: Really? But you have been to their concerts before…
Jasmine: Yes, but they are the best band of all time. I just love them! I love their music and everything about them as a group.
David: You are a true fan; however, I will have to disagree with that statement. I think the Beetles are the best rock group of all time.
Jasmine: I completely disagree with that!
David: Okay… Why?
Jasmine: Well, they were not around long enough and their success was based on a lot of hype. It’s not that their music is good, but because of the media attention they got, especially after the band broke up.
David: I see your point, but it doesn’t change the fact that as a group, they just weren’t as good.
Jasmine: I couldn’t agree with you less. How do you quantify that? I really don’t understand where you are coming from.
David: I will explain. The fact that the band did not stay together does not take away from the quality of music made. They have had great songs that have stood the test of time, despite the fact that the group did not. However, each member went on to have a successful solo careers and their songs are still relavant today. Take John Lennon and Paul Macarthy for example. More so, Paul and Ringo still performs and releases albums to date!
Jasmine: I understand your point of view, but I still think that the Rolling Stones are still the best rock group of all time. I guess we are going to have to agree to disagree. Ha! Ha! Ha!
David: I guess so… Ha! Ha! Ha!
Now role play with a friend!
You: I think that _____________ (share an opinion about something).
Your friend: (Use an agreement/disagreement phrase above).
You: (Respond by using an agreement/disagreement phrase above and give a reason why).
Your friend: (Conclude by stating an opinion).