Situational Vocabulary – Group Discussions

Group discussion is a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic wherein they present their opinion and it also  requires certain vocabularies like follows:-

 

To begin a speech

Mr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen

Ladies and gentlemen, madam Chair.

 

Points of information

Asking for points of information: Point of information!

On that point, sir/madam!

Answering points of information: Yes, please!

No, thank you!

Declined!

I’ll take you in a moment.

Interrupting a point of information: Thank you, I got the point!

 

Structuring a speech

As my previous speaker has pointed out …

As my next speaker will explain …

I’m going to present three arguments: first … second … third

I’ve just told you about … Now I’m going to ….

 

 

Placing emphasis

This issue/problem cannot simply be shrugged off/dismissed/ignored

I’m convinced that

Let me repeat/reiterate the importance I attach to …

 

Strongly agreeing

You’re perfectly right

I quite agree with …

I cannot but agree/I couldn’t agree more

I accept the idea/proposal/suggestion without resevation

Precisely

Exactly

Absolutely

I am firmly/entirely/fully/completely/wholeheartedly in agreement with …

 

Mildly agreeing

You may be right there

That’s true, I suppose

I suppose so

 

Conceding

I must admit that your arguments have convinced me

You have convinced me that …

In order not to stand in the way of agreement …

 

 

Mild disagreement

That’s not really how I see it

I don’t really agree

 

Strong disagreement

I’m sorry, that’s out of the question

I believe it would be a mistake to …

I’, afraid I (totally) have to disagree with you

I beg to differ

I’m sorry I don’t agree at all

I simply can’t agree to this

Under no circumstances could I agree to …

 

Providing additional information

Perhaps I should be more specific

Without going too much into detail, I should perhaps mention …

I think it would be helpful to add/ point out ….

 

Checking understanding

Are you saying that …

Are you suggesting that …

Are you implying that …

If I understand you correctly …

If I follow you …

 

Interrupting

I’m terribly sorry to interrupt you, but …

Forgive me for interrupting, but …

Before you go any further, may I point out/indicate/explain

 

Handling an interruption

If you could bear with me for a moment, I shall deal with that point a little later

With your permission I would like to finish what I was saying

With all due respect I should like to finish the point I was making

If you would allow me to continue/finish?

 

Referring back

As we are saying earlier

To go back to what I was just saying

To go back to what X was saying earlier

 

Introducing new elements

I should now like to turn briefly to the question/problem of …

At this point I would like to raise the subject of …

There are some additional matters/questions which must be considered here

Another thought that occurs to me is …

 

Summing up an argument

If I might just go over the main points made?

To sum up/recapitulate, one can say that …

All the proposed solutions boil down to …

The most persuasive/compelling argument made today is …

 

Concluding

We’re running out of time so we’re going to have to stop here

To go over what’s been said

I’ve listened to both sides of the argument

I think I can sum it up

Unless anyone has anything else to add, I think that’s it

I think the following general conclusion may be drawn from the discussion…

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