Agreeing and Disagreeing in English: How to Say You Agree or Disagree in a Professional, Businesslike Way In English

HOW TO AGREE AND DISAGREE IN ENGLISH IN A PROFESSIONAL SETTING AND STAY CLASSY

For native English speakers, knowing how to agree and disagree politely in a business context is no challenge. We simply tell the person “shut up! You don’t know what you are talking about! You are stupid! You are insane! I don’t even know how you even got this job!” and that usually takes care of it (and soon after you are fired, of course ūüôā )

But for non native speakers of English, you probably want to learn the polite way to tell someone that you do not agree, or as the French would say “je ne suis pas d’accord.”

Below find a few helpful phrases for expressing agreement and disagreement in a business context:

 

AGREEMENT

  • I agree.
  • I totally agree
  • I concur.
  • I agree completely.
  • I could not agree more.
  • That is correct.
  • You are right.
  • You are absolutely right.
  • I could not agree more.
  • Exactly.
  • Precisely.
  • That is exactly correct.
  • That’s right. You are a complete genius!
  • There are many reasons why I agree.
  • I have no doubt that you are right on the money with that.

 

QUALIFIED AGREEMENT

  • Yes, you are mostly right but
  • That is partly correct.
  • That is mostly true, however…
  • It is more complex than that I’m afraid.
  • You are right of course as to the first part but…there is another side to this…
  • That is not necessarily correct, I have to say.
  • I agree but with the following reservations
  • No, not exactly you are partly right and partly misguided and here is why I say this.
  • I am not so sure that this is entirely factual.
  • That is true in part but
  • I do not mean to offend you but you are wrong about this.
  • On one hand, you have a point, but on the other hand I should point out that…

 

DISAGREEMENT

  • I disagree and here is why
  • I think you are a bit mistaken with that
  • No, that is highly improbable.
  • I doubt that this is possible.
  • I have a different view on this.
  • I see this entirely differently.
  • I simply do not agree.
  • I am not sure there is any basis in fact to support these claims.
  • Really? I had the opposite impression
  • I don’t think that explanation is even remotely acceptable.

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