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Agree and disagree topics, expressions, and statements for esl classrooms

Do you agree with these statements or not? Why?

  1. Children don’t have to wear uniform at school.
  2. Animals mustn’t be kept in zoos.
  3. People mustn’t use their mobile phones while driving.
  4. Parents mustn’t hit their children.
  5. Parents must be responsible for their kid’s actions.
  6. Women don’t have to work if their husbands can support them.
  7. Children mustn’t use computers or watch TV.
  8. People don’t have to get a higher education to be successful.
  9. Murderers have to be executed.
  10.  Prostitution or drugs don’t have to be illegal.
  11.  Citizens don’t have to pay taxes to the government.
  12.  All people must learn English from childhood.

Expressions for Agreeing and Disagreeing

Stating an opinion

  • The way I see it…
  • If you want my honest opinion….
  • According to Lisa…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • If you ask me…
  • In my experience…
  • As far as I’m concerned/know/remember…
  • Speaking for myself…
  • Personally, I think…
  • I’d say that…
  • I’d suggest that…
  • I’d like to point out that…
  • What I mean is…
  • Moreover/What is more
  • As I see it/ As for me
  • I assume/presume/feel/suppose/believe/reckon
  • From my point of view
  • It seems to me

Asking for an opinion

  • What’s your idea?
  • What are your thoughts on all of this?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • Do you have anything to say about this?
  • What do you think?
  • Do you agree?
  • Wouldn’t you say…?

Expressing agreement

  • I agree with you 100 percent.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • That’s true. That’s for sure. That’s right.
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely/ Totally.
  • That’s exactly how I feel.
  • Exactly.
  • I’m afraid I agree with James.
  • I have to side with Dad on this one.
  • No doubt about it.
  • (agree with the negative statement) Me neither.
  • (weak) I suppose so. /I guess so.
  • You have a point there. I see what you mean.
  • I was just going to say that.

Expressing disagreement

  • I don’t think so.
  • (strong) No way.
  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I totally disagree.
  • I’m not sure about that.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That’s not always true.
  • That’s not always the case.
  • No, I’m not so sure about that.
  • I see your point, but …
  • However, … Although…
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…
  • On the other hand…

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