EXPRESSING AGREEMENT and DISAGREEMENT

Dear students of grade XI: Here is the summary of expressing agreement and disagreement on the previous discussion. To express agree or disagree to an opinion, you may use the following expressions:

Stating an opinion
  • In my 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…
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 with you more.
  • That’s so true.
  • That’s for sure.
  • (slang) Tell me about it!
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely.
  • 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 negative statement) Me neither.
  • (weak) I suppose so./I guess so.
  • You have a point there.
  • I was just going to say that.
Expressing disagreement
  • I don’t think so.
  • (strong) No way.
  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • (strong) I totally disagree.
  • I beg to differ.
  • (strong) I’d say the exact opposite.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That’s not always true.
  • That’s not always the case.
  • No, I’m not so sure about that.
  • I can’t accept it
  • I don’t think I agree with you.

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THE EXERCISES

EXERCISE 1
Choose the correct answer for the following questions.

1.         Vina     : Do you think browsing on internet is difficult?

Dea      : Mm… I don’t think so. We just need more practice.

The underlined sentence expresses …

(A)  asking opinion

(B)   agreement

(C)   disagreement

(D)  satisfaction

(E)   dissatisfaction

2.         Chen    : I’m thinking about going camping next holiday. What do you think?

Chan    : It’s great I think.

The underlined expression shows …

(A)  possibility

(B)   satisfaction

(C)   sympathy

(D)  ability

(E)   agreement

3.         Bill       : Do you agree that the school’s new regulation is disappointing?

Bob      : No, …….. because it is better than the previous one.

The suitable expression for the sentence above is …

(A)   I’m 100 percent agree with you

(B)   I entirely disagree with you.

(C)   I get along with you

(D)   I suppose so.

(E)    I dare you are right

 

4.         Jack     : What do you think of our new jackets?

Jill        : It’s a lovely jacket ever. I’m satisfied with the model.

Jane     : Yes, ………………. I like the model. We’d better order again next year.

(A)   I get along with your opinion

(B)   I can’t accept it

(C)   Not really

(D)   I’m not sure about that

(E)    Well, it depends

 

 

5.         Tanaka : Have you heard that Mr. Chan has been promoted to be the area manager?

Omura  : I think he is a right person for that position.

Keiko   : … because his experience and educational background are great and fantastic.

(A)   I wouldn’t accept that

(B)   I’m afraid you are wrong

(C)   I don’t have any objection to it

(D)   I don’t agree with you at all

(E)    Not necessarily

 

6.         Odi       : I think English is a very difficult language to learn.

Steven  : Do you think so? You just need practicing everyday and it will be very easy.

What does Steven mean?

(A)   He is not satisfied with Odi’s opinion

(B)   He agrees on Odi’s opinion

(C)   He feels regret on Odi’s opinion

(D)   He disagrees on Odi’s opinion

(E)    He is satisfied with Odi’s opinion

 

7.         Mother : Television has a bad influence to children.

Father   : That’s exactly my opinion. We should limit their time for watching TV.

What does the father mean?

(A)   He agrees with mother

(B)   He has no opinion

(C)   He disagrees with mother

(D)   He feels regret to have no opinion

(E)    He is satisfied with the opinion

 

8.         Lea      : I think ‘dangdut’ music is only appropriate for villagers.

Sam      : I’m afraid you’re wrong. It’s become popular even high class people enjoy dangdut much.

What is Sam’s opinion towards Lea’s?

(A)   He agrees

(B)   He disagrees

(C)   He has no opinion

(D)   He is satisfied

(E)    He is happy

 

EXECISE 2

Complete the following dialogue with your own opinion by using the expressions above.

 

1)      Mary    : What do you think of Indonesian movie?

ViVi     : ……………………………………….

2)      Ali        : Everyone has the right to express their opinion.

Bet       : …………………………………………………

3)      Noe      : Smoking should be permitted in public places

Jim       : ……………………………………………….

4)      Alex     : What is your opinion to the idol singing competition nowadays?

David   : ………………………………………………..

5)      Mickey: Teachers should not give homework to the students.

Mouse  : ………………………………………………….

6)      Tom     : What do you think of our new batik uniform on Fridays?

Jerry     : …………………………………………………

7)      Darby   : Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Pooh     : ………………………………………………

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