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Can you find any generic terms for these functions?
 
May I say something? ... because of ..
As far as I can see,... ...in other words,...
Just a second,... ...since ...
Wait a minute, ..so..
I think/believe ... a good point there
A few minutes ago you said, that... Are you sure/certain?
...of course As I was saying...
If I understood you correctly, you said that But don't you think..?/Have you thought of...
In fact.../ You know/see.. Do you agree? I'm sure you agree.
meant by ....? Do/Don't you realise that....?
It seem to me, that.... Fine!/Good!
But didn't you say that... I agree that ..., but...
Oh, no!... I agree.
Well, why don't we/you..? Let's... I also wanted to say that..
Did you mean to say that ...? I don't believe..
In my opinion... I don't think that
I'm not sure/certain, but... I forgot to say that...
If I may say so.. I hadn't realised that before. Hm
Could you repeat your argument / the point you've just made, please? I hope I could make myself clear enough
Is that what you said? I'd like to add/If I may add...
Could you tell us a bit more about ..? I'm afraid I don't agree (with/that)..
Of course... It's just the opposite.
Perhaps... It's quite different.
...actually... Let me go on/finish, please.
As (you) said,... Let's agree to disagree.
Well, I think... Really?
If you ask me So/Neither do I.
In my opinion... That's a good point
There is no doubt about it that.. That's an excellent idea. 
I didn't quite understand what you That's an important point.
Hold on,... That's not true I'm afraid.
I'm sure/certain that.. That's the reason why..
Is it my turn now? That's very interesting.
Yes, but what about ....(ing)...? That's why ...
Sorry, but, ... What I wanted to say was...
I'd like to say... You're quite right./ That's right
In fact... You're so right.
I suppose that... You've got /S/He has got


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