Useful English Expressions

Here is a  list of some expressions ( not exhaustive though) which can be used in English conversations, especially in formal meetings.

Interrupting/ getting somebody’s attention:

  • Sorry to interrupt but…
  • Excuse me for interrupting.expressions
  • Can I just butt in a minute?
  • May I have a word?
  • Just a minute…
  • Hang on a sec ….
  • Could/May I come in here?

Giving Opinions:

  • I (really) feel that…
  • I am positive that.
  • In my opinion / view…
  • I reckon…
  • The way I see it …
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • If you ask me,… I (tend to) think that…

Asking for opinions/contributions:

  • Do you (really) think that…
  • Are you positive that…
  • How do you feel about…?
  • What are your thoughts / views on ……?
  • What do you think about this……..?
  • Mr/Ms  XXX , can we get your input on ….?
  • Mr/Ms XXX, we haven’t heard from you yet.
  • Mr/Ms XXX, would you like to add anything here?
  • Has anyone else got anything to contribute?
  • Are there anymore comments?

Commenting on others’ opinions:

  • I never thought about it that way before.
  • Good point!
  • I get your point.
  • I see what you mean.
  • That’s interesting.

Agreeing with others’ opinions:

  • That’s (exactly) the way I feel.
  • I have to agree with you/him/her/etc.
  • I totally agree with you.
  • I’m completely with you on that (point).
  • I’d go along with that.
  • Exactly!

Disagreeing with others’ opinions:

  • I’m with you up to a point, but…
  • Up to a point I agree with you, but…….
  • I’m afraid I can’t agree..
  • I see what you’re saying but…
  • I kind of agree with you but…
  • I totally disagree!
  • That’s absolute tosh /nonsense!

Asking for verification:

  • Do you mean that…?
  • Is it true that…?
  • Are you serious?!
  • You did say XXXX, didn’t you? (‘did’ is stressed)

Asking for clarification:

  • I don’t quite follow you.What exactly do you mean?
  • I’m not sure I’m with you.
  • Sorry, you’ve lost me.
  • I’m afraid I don’t quite understand what you’re getting at.

Asking for repetition:

  • Sorry. I didn’t catch that. Could you repeat that, please?
  • Sorry. I missed that. Could you say it again, please?
  • Could you run that by me again?
  • Could you go over that again?
  • I’m afraid I didn’t understand that. Could you repeat what you have just said?

Clarifying whether listeners understand:

  • Have I made that clear?
  • Do you know what I mean?
  • Do you see what I’m getting at?
  • Are you with me?
  • Let me put it another way…
  • Let me spell out….
  • I’d just like to repeat that…..

Correcting Information:

  • Sorry, that’s not quite right.
  • Sorry, I think you misunderstood what I said.
  • That’s not quite what I had in mind.
  • That’s not quite what I meant.
  • That’s not what I meant.
  • I am afraid you don’t understand what I’m saying.

Advising and Suggesting:

  • Let’s….
  • We should… …
  • Why don’t you…….
  • How/What about…..
  • I suggest/recommend that…..
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3 Responses to “Useful English Expressions”

  1. satender tanwr Says:

    it is good step for indian people who have a not sufficent knoledge of speaking english. they can emprove there comunication skill.

  2. Raghunath Says:

    Thanks for providing the useful tips.

  3. Azizullah Says:

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