Speaking – Useful Phrases

Speaking- useful phrases

Comparing and Contrasting
Comparing: Contrasting:
In the same way


Be similar to

Not only… but also




More/less than

Both/ as well/ also/ too

On the one/ other hand

Instead of

Rather than


In contrast to

As opposed to

But/ however

While/ whereas

Although/ though/ even though

Reaching a joint decision


How about…?

Why don’t we…?

I’d like to…

I’d prefer…

Which would you prefer?

That sounds good.

We could always…

Wouldn’t you like to…?

Expressing an opinion

In my opinion/ view

I believe / feel/ think that

I’m convinced / sure that


If you ask me,…

It seems to me that…

Expression agreement and disagreement
Agreement Disagreement
(Yes,) I agree.

I think you’re right.

I share your opinion

I see what you mean

You’re probably right

Yes, that’s right


(I’m sorry but) I disagree

I think you’re wrong/ mistaken

I see your point, but…

Look at it this way,…

I’m not sure I agree with/ accept that

On the contrary,…

Some polite ways to disagree

I hear what you’re saying, but I’m not sure I agree.

I beg to differ.

You’re right in a lot of ways, but have you thought about this?

That’s one way to think about it… However, I believe that sometimes we have to do something different.

Not to play the Devil’s Advocate, but I think exactly the opposite.

Well, my opinion is slightly different. I think we shouldn’t have gone that route.

Are you sure about that? I read this article that says something different.

On the other hand, if people did it that way, it might get done faster.

You’ve made some good points, here, but I’ll have to disagree.

We’d better agree to disagree.

I’ve read something different— The Prime Minister was quoted in the paper today saying he would lower taxes.

I’m not sure that’s true…

Sorry, but I have to disagree with you there. I think it’s wrong to cut social assistance.

Giving examples to support an opinion

Take, for example, the case of

A good example of…is

Keep in mind that

Let’s not forget

Consider this

After all,

For example,

For instance

Such as


Making predictions

I believe/ think/ predict that.. because

It seems/ appears that… will/ may

If…, then…

It’s quite possible that… will/ might/ could

… will probably/ probably won’t

It’s very likely/ unlikely that

I doubt that… will/ could

There’s not much chance that

Making a Speech

State clearly what the problem is.

Provide facts and examples to convince others of the need to act

Suggest realistic solutions.

Encourage others to actively join the cause.

Useful language:

Something must be done about…

We must put an end to…

We don’t have to accept…

You can make a difference!

Let’s all join forces to…

Together we can…

All it takes is…

Don’t allow this shameful situation to continue. 

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