Expressing your Point of View in an English Conversation

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Expressing your Point of View in an English Conversation

The reason why languages exist is to serve as a vehicle for people who want to pass on their ideas to others. Knowing a language and being able to communicate with others are two different things. In order to communicate properly with others you need to know popular expressions and common uses of the language as well as a good amount of words (vocabulary). Being able to shape these ideas and have a fluent conversation in English for our purpose will also contribute in your ultimate goal of conveying your ideas.
Some topics are very difficult to debate about, especially religion and politics. Therefore, you need to be very subtle if you want to avoid hurting someone’s feelings or ending up in an argument with someone. The tone and attitude you display when expressing your point of view in an English conversation also depends on whom you talk to and how formal the expressions should be.

Expressions you need to Express you Point of View in English

In the view of all this, we have prepared a list of useful expressions so you can express yourself more proficiently in English. We will split them in three different categories and each one is going to be useful for a different purpose:

Expressing your Opinion

You can use the following sentences before you start expressing your point of view in an English conversation. You have two options, either using the informal ones or the formal.
Informal:

  • In my opinion…
  • I think that…
  • I would say that…
  • I consider / find / believe / suppose / presume / assume that…
  • I have the feeling that…

Formal:

  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • It is my impression that…
  • Speaking personally…
  • My own / personal opinion on the subject is that…
  • I am of the opinion that…

Expressing Agreement

You can use the following sentences when you want to show agreement to others’ point of view in an English conversation:
Informal:

  • Yes, you’re right!
  • I agree with what you said.
  • Fair enough, I think you may be right.
  • You’re quite/absolutely right.
  • I couldn’t agree with you more.

Formal:

  • I’ve come to the same conclusion.
  • I hold the same opinion.
  • We are of one mind about that matter.
  • I have no objection to what you said.
  • I share your view.

Expressing Disagreement

If you don’t agree with someone’s opinion remember to be polite and show disagreement in a respectful way! Your body language is also very important in these cases.
These following sentences will help you show your disagreement to other’s point of view in a conversation in English:
Informal:

  • I don’t agree with you / I disagree.
  • No at all!
  • I don’t think so.
  • You’re wrong (this one can easily annoy people. Use it only with your friends)

Formal:

  • I am afraid that is not quite true.
  • I have to state that I think otherwise.
  • I take a different view.

Remember that the attitude you display and the feeling you give to others with the words you select is going to affect their reaction, be careful in order to avoid offending others.
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