Language is basically functional; we use it to do so many things, one of which is agreeing with someone or asking someone to do something for you. This post titled How to Agree in English with Examples expounds on how we express agreement in English.
When it comes to How to Agree in English, there are words and phrases that are suited to formal written contexts and those which are appropriate to informal spoken contexts.
How to Agree in English with Examples
Sometimes, when most non-native speakers of English speak, one can observe an unconscious translation that had taken place in their minds from their indigenous language or Mother Tongue into English.
But such utterance would be inappropriate from the perspective of a native speaker. So, to ensure that one has uttered a standard utterance, it also has to be appropriate from the native speaker’s perspective and must also conform to Standard English (in this case, British Standard English).
How to Express Agreement
There are ways to show agreement in English in discussions and in other situations. Let us see some examples that has to do with How to Agree in English…
You’re Right/That’s Right
- You are right (You’re right)
- That is right (That’s right).
We use these expressions when one agrees with what someone says. For instance:
A: ‘It’s too far to walk.’
B: ‘You’re right. Let’s get a taxi.’
A: ‘This food was grown without any artificial fertilizers.’
B: ‘That’s right, it’s completely organic.’
Sometimes, the response could be a little more serious and more formal than the informal ‘you’re right’. For examples:
- He is right when he says that the world economy is facing its most serious challenge in half a century.
A: ‘All this packaging is unnecessary. It’s bad for the environment.’
B: ‘You’re right’.
Agree TO or Agree WITH
When it comes to agreement in discussions, we do not say:
Agree someone’s opinion or agree to someone’s opinion; rather, we say: agree with someone’s opinion. Let us see some examples:
- I agree with his idea.
- I agree with Professor Murphy’s analysis of the situation.
- She agree with the Vet. Doctor that there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner.
We use this in spoken English when one has the same feeling or has had the same experience as someone. For example:
A: ‘It’s really hot today.’
B: ‘I know – I wish I hadn’t worn my sweater.’
We often use this phrase in everyday conversation, when sympathising and agreeing with the other person.
Share Someone’s View, Concern or Fear
This expression (in formal English) refers to having the same opinion, concern, fear etc. as someone else. For instance:
- I share her concerns about the lack of women in high academic positions.
- There are many people who would share this view.
- We should not share the fear she expressed on the matter.
Be of the Same Opinion or View
This is another expression we use (in formal English) when we agree with someone. For example:
- The scientists were of the same view.
- Are we all of the same opinion? (said in a formal meeting)
This phrase is used especially when saying that a group of people agree about something.
Subscribe to a View or Theory
We use this to agree with an opinion, idea etc. and believe that it is right. See the following examples:
- Some people think that we should abandon farm subsidies, but I, for one, do not subscribe to this view.
- Today, the majority of scientists subscribe to the so-called ‘big bang’ theory of the origins of the universe.
- Many countries have subscribed to the theory of shared economy and pooling.
- We all subscribed to the view of setting up communal security watch
Concur with Someone or Something
This is a very formal use and it means to agree with someone. See the following:
- I concur with the previous speaker on both points.
- There are many educators who would concur with her opinion.
Make a Good or Valid Point
We use this when one agrees with a particular thing that someone has said and we use it in formal situations. See the following:
- The author makes a good point when he argues that we should look at the wider social causes of crime.
A Point is Well Made
We use this when we think that someone has clearly shown that they are right, and that what they say is clear. We use this, especially, in formal arguments and discussions.
- Weber’s point is well made, but is obviously not the whole story.
It is Generally/Widely accepted that… There is a Widely-held View/Belief that…
We use this when saying that most people agree that something is true. For instance:
- It is now generally accepted among scientists that global warming is occurring as a result of human activities.
- There is a widely-held view that women live longer than men.
When you express strong agreement with what someone has said or you completely agree with someone, you can use expressions such as the under listed which we use in spoken English:
I totally agree!
I couldn’t agree more!
My feelings exactly!
Consider these illustrations:
- ‘He’s such a nice man.’ ‘I couldn’t agree more!’
- ‘What a waste of time!’ ‘My feelings exactly!’
- ‘It is a car of taste!’ I totally agree!’
I Agree Entirely/Wholeheartedly; I am Entirely in Agreement
We use this in more formal English when we completely agree with someone. For instance:
- I agree entirely with the Chief Judge’s conclusion.
- I wholeheartedly agree with the previous writer regarding this company
- He found himself entirely in agreement with Churchill.
Absolutely! /Definitely! /Exactly!
We use these words in spoken English when answering someone quickly and saying that we completely agree. Look at these sentences:
A: ‘I think gas prices are much too high.’
A: ‘We should ask them for more money.’
A: ‘The government should pull down the building!’
This is quite common in American English; though informal. It is used in spoken English when answering someone quickly and saying that one completely agree. For example:
- ‘The guy is an idiot!’ ‘Totally!’
You’re telling me!
We use this in spoken English (informal), especially when we have had the same experience. Consider these expressions:
A: ‘The trains are so unreliable these days.’
B: ‘You’re telling me – mine was half an hour late this morning.’
We have looked at various expressions of agreement; however, there are instances of partial agreement and there are ways such partial agreement are represented. Let us consider some of them:
I Agree Up to a Point/to Some Extent
Speakers of English use the above phrases when they partly agree with someone. Consider the following sentences for instance:
A: ‘The economic situation doesn’t look too good at the moment.’
B: ‘I agree with you up to a point, but I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as people are saying.’
- I agree to some extent with this statement.
I have Some Sympathy with Someone/Something
Speakers of English use this when saying that they understand the reasons why someone thinks something; although they do not necessarily agree with them completely. For instance:
- I have some sympathy with the argument that the monarchy seems out of place in our modern world.
There is Some/a Lot of Truth in Something
We use this when we think that some or a lot of what someone says is right. For instance:
- Although these warnings may sound very dramatic, there is some truth in them.
- His ideas about love are a bit strange, but there’s a lot of truth in what he says.
I Suppose So/I Guess So
Speakers of English use this in spoken English when they have some doubts about something that someone has said. For example:
- ‘I think it’s an excellent idea.’ ‘I suppose so, but we don’t know how much it will all cost.
I am quite sure that you have learned something very beneficial from this post titled How to Agree in English with Examples. From the knowledge gained in this post, you can enhance your communication along the line of indicating agreement with what people say. You might want to check other related posts as listed below. Kindly share with everyone in your circle of influence and your feedback, comments and questions are welcomed.
- Disagreeing in everyday English
- Apologizing in everyday English
- Opinions in everyday English
- Requests asking someone to do something in everyday English
- Suggestions in everyday English
- Hello in spoken English
- Goodbye in spoken English
- Thank you in everyday English
Reference: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Fifth Edition (LDOCE5)
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