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Expressing Agreement and Disagreement

In your daily life, as well as while passing exams such as IELTS, you have to express whether you agree or disagree on a topic/statement given. Here are some useful phrases to express your point of view. Use them in IELTS speaking section.

Expressing agreement

  • I quite agree…
  • Yes, Indeed…
  • I could not agree more…
  • You are quite right about…
  • You have just read my mind…
  • Yes, that’s obvious…
  • I couldn’t agree with you more.
  • No doubt about it.
  • I don’t mind…
  • Yes, I think it’s important to…
  • I don’t see any reason why not…

Examples:

  1. I quite agree that music choice by the young generation is often considered tasteless by the senior citizens.
  2. Yes, indeed, it is our responsibility to save the endangered species.
  3. You are quite right about difficulties in adopting these changes but that’s what the human race has always done.
  4. You have just read my mind as I was considering the same example.
  5. Yes, that’s obvious and the way we are treating them is a shame.

Expressing strong agreement

  • I completely agree that…
  • I entirely/totally agree with you on that…
  • That’s exactly how I see it…
  • That’s exactly what I think/ believe…
  • Precisely/ Exactly/ Certainly/Absolutely/Definitely.
  • You’re absolutely right.

Examples:

  1. Yes, I completely agree it’s important to be active, and walking is the most basic physical activity that we can do.
  2. That’s exactly how I see we can overcome difficulties.

 

Expressing certainty

  • I am absolutely convinced that…
  • There is no denying that…
  • Nobody will deny that…
  • It is a fact that…
  • Undeniably…

Examples:

  1. I am absolutely convinced that money may be important to purchase things but not to buy happiness.
  2. It is a fact that many countries are struggling to fight corruption and citizens have a great role to play here.
  3. Undeniably, education makes the difference and that’s why the government has to increase its budget allocation for this sector.

Expressing disagreement

  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I see your point, but…
  • That’s not always true.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That’s one way of looking at it. However…
  • I possess a different view…
  • I must disagree with the view that…
  • I am afraid I believe/ see it otherwise…
  • This might be true in some context but…
  • I am inclined to oppose the view that…
  • I am afraid I disagree…
  • Yes, perhaps, but…
  • I see what you mean, but this is not the whole story…
  • Yes, but there is also another aspect to consider…
  • I don’t quite agree that…
  • Well, that’s one way to look at that, but…
  • I don’t think so.
  • I beg to differ.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That’s not always true.
  • That’s not always the case.
  • I’m not one for… (meaning ‘I don’t really like…’)
  • Personally, no. (answering a ‘do you think’ question)

Examples:

  1. I am afraid I believe otherwise and feel that ordinary citizens like us have a much greater role here.
  2. Yes, perhaps, but my experience has taught me that I should plan beforehand rather than ruing it.
  3. I’m not one for going on really long walks in the countryside, but I don’t mind walking when

 

Expressing strong disagreement

  • No way.
  • I’d say the exact opposite.
  • I totally disagree.
  • Definitely no/not.
  • I’m completely against this.

Examples:

  1. No way! You can never trust again if a person betrayed you once.
  2. Definitely no. I believe killers can’t have the right to choose anything at all.

 

Expressing doubts

  • No, I’m not so sure about that.
  • I am not quite so sure that…
  • Well, it depends…
  • I suppose it depends on…
  • I’ve never thought about that before.
  • There are good reasons for both, I suppose.

 

Examples:

  1. Well, it depends, and from my personal experience, I can say that such activities are really helpful.
  2. I’m not quite so sure that I would contradict my parents on issues like that.

 

Examples of questions and answers

  1. Is watching TV a good way of forgetting about work or study?

Absolutely, yes.

  1. Should coworkers also spend their leisure time together?

I’m completely against this.

  1. Do you think it’s ever worth hiring a professional photographer?

Yes, for certain special occasions I definitely think it’s best to pay a professional to take photos.

  1. Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?

Personally, no. As I said before, I like walking in the city, especially if it’s somewhere with a lot of history like London or Paris.

  1. In your view, should children be taught how to manage money?

Not at school, no.

  1. Do you think that girls are better at saving money than boys?

I’ve never thought about that before.

Useful ideas

Use phrases to describe advantages and disadvantages

Don’t forget to use introductory phrases. Learn more about them here. 


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