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!
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 ….
This issue/problem cannot simply be shrugged off/dismissed/ignored
I’m convinced that
Let me repeat/reiterate the importance I attach to …
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
I am firmly/entirely/fully/completely/wholeheartedly in agreement with …
You may be right there
That’s true, I suppose
I suppose so
I must admit that your arguments have convinced me
You have convinced me that …
In order not to stand in the way of agreement …
That’s not really how I see it
I don’t really agree
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 ….
Are you saying that …
Are you suggesting that …
Are you implying that …
If I understand you correctly …
If I follow you …
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?
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 …
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…