Style - express opinions, agree, and disagree

Malc Prentice

Giving Opinion

Give reasons

Give examples

For example,

For instance, ...

Another good example is...

...such as...

On example is...


You're right!

That's true.

I couldn't agree more.

Yes, I agree.

I think so too.


I'm not sure that's a good idea.

You may be right, but...

Yes, that's true, but...

I'm sorry to disagree with you, but...

I'm afraid I have to disagree.

I see what you mean, but...

It's true that X, however, Y.

Agreeing with a negative (I don't think)

I don't think so either.


Be careful when agreeing or disagreeing with negative check questions

In conversation, sometimes meaning depends on intonation

We haven't done quickwrites yet, have we?

No. OK AGREE (we haven't)
No, we haven't OK AGREE (we haven't)
Yes. Confusing. Only works with careful intonation DISAGREE (we have)
Yes, we have! This is only correct with careful intonation DISAGREE (we have)

IN TOEIC tests, it will not be this unclear.

Usually they will add more to be clear

No, not yet.

Yes, we finished them earlier.

Or they will change the tense or verb to make wrong answers

No, we can't. (wrong verb)

No, we hadn't. (wrong tense)

No, they haven't. (wrong pronoun)