ТОП 10:

Making a suggestion / proposal



Strong Neutral Tentative
I strongly recommend that… I propose / suggest that… I would propose that…
I suggest most strongly that… My proposal / suggestion If I may make a suggestion,
I advise you most strongly is… we could…
to…   I would like to put forward a
In our view, it is high time   proposal that…
that…   I wonder if I might suggest…
In my view, the only viable   Wouldn't it be a good idea to…?
solution is…   Wouldn't it be better to…?
     
Expressing support    

 

Total General Partial      
I am fully in favour of ... I am in favour of … My initial reaction is
           
         

This proposal has my full   I would certainly give my   favourable, but …
support.   backing to …   With certain reservations, I
I can thoroughly recom-   I would certainly endorse such   would support your proposal.
mend that …   a proposal.   I shouldn't like you to think
I should like to express my   I see no objection to that.   that I'm necessarily against
total support for this ...   I would not be opposed to   this in any way, but I can't
I totally agree with …   that.       help wondering …
I entirely approve of …                
                 
Expressing opposition              
           
Total   General   Tentative
I am totally opposed to   I am opposed to the proposal.   On the face of it, this seems
the proposal.   I'm afraid I can't support the   quite a good suggestion, but …
I see no valid reason for   proposal.   I can see many problems in
supporting the proposal.   As it stands, I would not be   adopting this.
Frankly I think that's out   able to give it my backing.   I'm not sure the proposal is
of the question.   Without substantial changes, I   feasible.
I'm afraid this proposal   cannot give the proposal my   This proposal is likely to
leaves a great deal to be   support.   present difficulties.
desired.           I'm not convinced that this
            proposal is really worthwhile.
               
Asking for an opinion     Asking for a reaction  
What's your opinion of …?     Could I ask for your reaction to …?
What's your position on …?     I was wondering where you stood on this question?
What do you think of …?     Where exactly do you stand on this issue?
I'd like to hear your views on …   I wonder if you'd like to comment, Mrs Lang?
               
Giving opinion              
         
Strong   Neutral   Tentative
I firmly believe that …   I think that …   It seems to me that …
I'm absolutely convinced that… In my opinion, …   I would say that …
It's my belief that …   It's my opinion that...   As far as I'm able to judge …
There's no doubt in my mind that… As I see it, …   I think it would be fair to
It's quite clear that …   As far as I'm concerned…   say that …
                 
             

I'm certain that …         From my point of view…      
It's my considered opinion that…              
                     
Expressing agreement                  
                       
Strong         Neutral       Partial  
I completely agree.     I agree.       I would tend to agree with you
I agree entirely with   I think we are in agreement on that. on that.  
your point of view.     I think you're right.     I agree with you on the whole,
I'm of exactly the same   I think we can accept your   but it could be said that…
opinion.       position on that.     I agree in principle, but…
I'm in total agreement.   Although I agree with most of   By and large I would accept
          what you've said, I find it   your views, but…
          difficult to agree with your        
          point about …            
                 
Expressing disagreement                
                         
Strong           Neutral         Tactful  
I totally disagree with you.   I don't completely agree with   I agree up to a point, but…
I don't agree at all.       you on that.         To a certain extent I agree
You are completely   I really can't agree with you on   with you, but…
mistaken.         that.         You have a point there,
I disagree entirely.       I can't say that I share your view.   but…  
Under no circumstances   We'll have to agree to differ.       I take your point, Mr
could I agree to that.   I'm not totally convinced by   Hoffman, but have you
What you are saying is   your argument.       considered…?
just not feasible.       I can't accept your point of view.   I can see your point of view,
            I can't help feeling that …       but surely…
            I feel I must disagree.       I have some sympathy with
            I really must take issue with you   your position, but…
            here.            
       
Softening strong disagreement Softening neutral disagreement
Frankly, … To be quite frank, … I'm afraid … I'm sorry, … With respect, …
To put it bluntly, … With respect, … I respect your opinion, of course, however …
                           
                         

The Structure of Meetings

 







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