Useful Phrases for Discussion and Debate! § I’m afraid I can’t agree. "For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate." quote] Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this debate. § Rubbish! The following lesson introduces the list of useful phrases for discussing and debating in English with ESL image. § I disagree § I disagree entirely. People may come up with the most stunning content for their argument, but the fact is that in most cases, nearly one-third of the marking criteria goes to your delivery of the material. I see your point, but I think… Yes, I understand, but my opinion is that… That’s all very interesting, but the problem is that… I’m afraid I can’t quite agree with your point.-I think I’ve got your point, now let … - Margaret Heffernan Using irony to express disagreement EXPRESSIONS FOR DISCUSSION AND DEBATE 3 Disagreeing Expressing complete disagreement § I don’t think so! It tells them whether you're going to be interesting or not. Debating is an art of confidently trying to prove your assertions regarding for or against a topic. § That’s ridiculous! (1) opening the debate: [some nice opening, e.g. Learn more about how to … It gives listeners a flavor of what will follow. How to Perform Well in a Debate. Your greeting is an essential part of your Introduction because it presents both you and your topic to your audience. § Definitely not! The motion for debate today is: ... (1) defining the motion: § I’m afraid you’re wrong § On the contrary! Greeting lines for debate could start with ‘ Good evening respected judges, my worthy opponents, faculty members and audience, I (NAME) hereby humbly express my thanks for your interest in the (SUBJECT). § Never in a million years! Equally important, it opens up the channel of communication between you and the audience. When you are listening to the other side. § Nonsense! Informal Debate Phrases.