Useful Phrases

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June 25, 2018
Pearson Test for English Academic
June 25, 2018

Useful Phrases


Saying something in another way

  • What I’m trying to say is…
  • In other words…
  • To put it another way…
  • What I mean is…
  • Perhaps I should make that clearer by saying…

Agreeing with an opinion

  • Yes, I agree…
  • That’s my view exactly.
  • I would tend to agree with that.
  • I couldn’t agree more.

Disagreeing with an opinion

  • No, I disagree.
  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I see things rather differently myself.
  • I wouldn’t say that is necessarily true.
  • I tend to disagree.
  • I’m not so sure about that.

Partially agreeing with an opinion

  • I don’t entirely agree. It is true that……however…
  • That is partly true, but…
  • I agree with that to an extent. However…

Getting asked an opinion (by the examiner)

  • What do you think?
  • What’s your view / opinion?
  • What are your views on…?
  • How do you feel about…?

Saying your opinion could vary according to the situation

  • That depends…
  • I think it really depends…
  • That depends on how you look at it.

Asking for clarification (part 3 only)

  • Could you please explain what …(word)… means?
  • Sorry, I don’t understand the question. Could you explain?
  • Sorry, I’m afraid I didn’t understand the question.
  • Sorry, can I just clarify what you mean. Are you asking me …(say what you believe you have been asked)…

Asking for repetition

  • Sorry, would you mind repeating the question?
  • Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. Could you repeat the question?

Summing up

  • So all in all…
  • To sum up…
  • To conclude…

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