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EAP: Group Discussion: Useful expressions
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What's your opinion about...? How about you? That’s what I think. How about you?

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….?

Repair problems in communication/ Asking for an explanation

Sorry, I’m not with you? Can you say that again?

I think you misunderstood my meaning. What I meant was.....

So, what you are saying is that.... Is that correct? 

  • Could you explain to 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…?

Checking for understanding by seeking clarification feedback

Am I making myself clear?

Do you understand what I mean?

Do you follow me?

Are you with me? 

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…

  • First of all/To start with I’d like to point out …

  • There can be no doubt that…

  • It’s a fact that….

  • Nobody will deny that….

  • 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/ Giving Short Responses

  • 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

  • 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.


Sorry, can I just interrupt you there?

Can I just say something in answer to that?

No, hang on a minute...

No, I’m sorry I have to stop you there..

Yes, but.... 

Prevent Interruption

Can I just finish what I was saying?

Just a minute, please... 

Qualified agreement/Partial 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.

Signal shifts by marking boundaries

That’s about it for me.

Shall we move on?

I think we’re done on this question?

Would someone else like to comment?

I think we’ve exhausted the topic.

Can we sum up? I think time is running out.

Any final comments to make?

Ok. What about summing up what we’ve been discussing? 

Use non-verbal techniques

Nodding your head in agreement or encouragement

Using short sounds, as appropriate, such as Mmmmm ... Ah ha ..... Oh ... Yes 

Using short sounds as appropriate, such as Mmmm ...Ah ha...Oh... 

Shaking your head in disbelief or disagreement 

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

  • 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 don’t understand.

  • I’m afraid; I don’t think you quite understand.

  • I don’t think so, really!

  • That’s out of the question.

  • Do you really think that’s a good idea?

  • I’m afraid, I can’t agree with you there

  • 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.

  • You’re wrong.

  • I think you got that wrong

  • I’m not impressed

  • Well that’s one way of looking at it, but…

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