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Functions for discussing
How to beg permission to speak: How to give reasons:
May I say something? ... because of ..
Is it my turn now? That's why ...
How to interrupt somebody: That's the reason why..
Hold on,... ..so..
Wait a minute, ...since ...
Just a second,... How to agree with the
Oh, no!... previous speaker:
Sorry, but, ... I agree.
How to introduce your statement : You're quite right./ That's right
Well, I think... So/Neither do I.
It seems to me, that.... Fine!/Good!
If you ask me That's a good point
In my opinion... That's an excellent idea. 
I'd like to say... You're so right.
How to sum up a previous argument: How to express reservation / doubt:
As (you) said,... Really?
A few minutes ago you said, that... Are you sure/certain?
If I understood you correctly, you said that But don't you think..?/Have you thought of...
But didn't you say that... I agree that ..., but...
How to ask for repetition, supplement or explanation: How to contradict somebody:
Could you repeat your argument / the point you've just made, please? I'm afraid I don't agree (with/that)... 

I don't think that

Is that what you said? I don't believe..
Did you mean to say that ...? That's not true I'm afraid.
I didn't quite understand what you Do/Don't you realise that....?
meant by ? It's just the opposite.
Could you tell us a bit more about ...? It's quite different.
How to state your opinion How to praise an
if you are sure argument or point
Of course... That's very interesting.
I'm sure/certain that.. That's an important point.
There is no doubt about it that.. You've got /S/He has got
In fact... a good point there
if you are not quite sure or hesitating How to add something:
I think/believe ... I'd like to add/If I may add...
I suppose that... I forgot to say that...
I'm not sure/certain, but... ...in other words,...
As far as I can see,... How to insist on your point or turn:
In my opinion... Let me go on/finish, please.
Perhaps... I also wanted to say that..
How to make a suggestion What I wanted to say was...
Well, why don't we/you..? Let's... As I was saying...
Yes, but what about ....(ing)...? How to conclude your statement:
If you need a short pause: That's all I wanted to say.
...of course Do you agree? I'm sure you agree.
In fact.../ You know/see.. Let's agree to disagree.
...actually... I hope I could make myself clear enough
If I may say so.. I hadn't realised that before. Hm


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