Let’s speak with phrases part 3

 Asking if someone approves:

  • Do you think they’re all right?
  • Are you in favors of…?
  • Are you for…?
  • Could I ask if you approve of the project?
  • Do you approve?

 Saying you approve:

  • …’s very good.
  • I’m very please/happy about…
  • That’s a great ideal!
  • (personal) I entirely approve of the plan.
  • I can thoroughly recommend…

 Saying you do not approve:

  • I don’t think…’s very good.
  • It isn’t right to…
  • How rotten/mean etc
  • I’m dead against…
  • (I must say)I disapproved of…

 Saying something is not important:

  • … Doesn’t matter.
  • I don’t think that’s so important.
  • It’s/that’s beside the point.
  • So what?
  • That shouldn’t concern us.

 Asking for someone’s opinion:

  • What do you think about…?
  • What are your views…?
  • What are your feelings about…?
  • What do you think/feel…?
  • What’d you reckon (consider)…?

 Giving your opinion:

  • I think…!
  • As I see it…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • If you ask me…
  • You know what I think…?

 Saying you has no opinion:

  • I really don’t have any opinion about…
  • I really don’t know what do say…
  • Your guess is as good as mine…
  • I don’t know
  • I can’t say I have/hold any particular views on the subject/question…

 Avoiding giving an opinion:

  • I’d rather not say anything about…
  • It’s difficult to say…
  • Well, now you’re asking…
  • Not my department, I’m afraid…
  • It’s difficult to give an opinion right now/at the moment.

 Trying to change someone’s opinion:

  • But don’t you think…?
  • (Yes, but) on the other hand…
  •  But look at it like this…
  • You can’t mean that, surely?
  • But seen from another angle, one might say.

 Asking if someone is interested:

  • Are you interested in…?
  • What are you interested in…?
  • Are you keen on?
  • Do you have any interest in…?

 Saying you are interested:

  • I’m interested in…
  • I’ve some/a great interest in…
  • My main interest is…
  • I’ve a passion for…

 Saying you are not interested:

  • I’m not very interested in…
  • I don’t find (sport) very interesting (either)
  • (I’m afraid) … leaves me cold.
  • What’s no interesting about…?
  • (I must admit) I don’t take any great interest in.

 Asking if someone agrees:

  • Don’t you agree…?
  • Wouldn’t you say so…?
  • Do you go along with that…?
  • Do/would you agree with…?

 Agreeing:

  • Yes I agree…
  • I can’t help thinking the same…
  • Oh, exactly/defined/absolutely/quite
  • I’m of exactly the same opinion.

 Disagreeing:

  • (Oh) I don’t agree…
  • I don’t think that right…
  • You can’t be serious…?
  • I see thing rather difficulty myself…

 Saying you partly agree:

  • I don’t agree/entirely agree…with…
  • I see what you mean, but…
  • That’s all very well, but…
  • I can see that, but…
  • I take your pint, but…

 Saying you are wrong and someone else is right:

  • (Yes) sorry, you’re (quite) right…
  • Yes, of course…
  • Yes, I don’t know what I was thinking of…
  • Yes, I must admit you are right…
  • Yes, I take your point entirely/completely…

 Saying you has reached agreement:

  • Right, we agree…
  • That seems to be that/ok, then…
  • So what are we arguing about…?
  • So we appear to agree…
  • That seems to be agreed, then…

 

Offering to something for someone:

  • Can I help…?
  • If you like I could…
  • Need some help…?
  • Can I help out…?
  • Perhaps I could assist in some way…

 

 

BY: SADIA RIAZ

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