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The language of meetings

The language of meetings

Many business people have to participate in business meetings conducted in English. There are various aspects of language involved in meetings. These range from the formal language of chairing and controlling official meetings, to the language of opinion giving, agreeing, disagreeing, persuading, etc. In this issue of POSTSCRIPTwe look at the language of opinions.

Here are some useful phrases.


Look at sections 2, 3 and 4 below (Giving opinions, Agreeing, and Disagreeing). Some of the phrases in the boxes are expressed very strongly, some are neutral and others are rather tentative.

Can you divide the phrases into STRONG, NEUTRAL and TENTATIVE?

1. Asking for opinions

a. What are your feelings on ... ?
b. What do you think of ... ?
c. What's your opinion of ... ?
d. Could we hear your opinion of ... ?

2. Giving opinions

a. I'm inclined to think ...
b. I think ...
c. My opinion is ...
d. It's my feeling that ...
e. I'm absolutely sure that ...
f. I tend to think ...

3. Agreeing

a. I completely agree with you.
b. I agree.
c. Well, yes.
d. That's right.
e. I couldn't agree more.
f. That seems reasonable.

4. Disagreeing

a. I agree up to a point, but ...
b. I don't agree at all.
c. I'm afraid I don't entirely agree with you.
d. I totally disagree with you.
e. I disagree.
f. That's completely wrong.



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