How to Express Agreement or Disagreement

An important part of speaking English is expressing opinions and agreeing and disagreeing with others’ opinions.

Let’s imagine two different conversations with the women in the photo.

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In the first one, the two women are speaking. They agree with one another:
Woman A: I think that mothers work harder than fathers!
Woman B: Me too!
Woman A: Father’s Day should be abolished!
Woman B: I agree!

In the second one, one of the women is speaking with a stranger. They disagree with one another:
Woman A: I think mothers work harder than fathers!
Stranger: Really? Not me. I think they both work equally hard.
Woman A: Father’s Day should be abolished!
Stranger: I disagree. I think both of them deserve a day to be honored by their family.

We use different patterns to agree or disagree depending on how the opinion statement begins.

If the opinion statement begins with “I,” then use the chart below to help you answer.

Person #1 – Agrees
Me too!
I do too!
I can too!
I will too!
I did too!
I would too!
Person #2 – Disagrees
Not me!
I don’t!
I disagree!
I wouldn’t.
Really?
 Person #1 – Disagrees
Not me!
I disagree!
Really?
Person #2 – ALSO Disagrees
Me neither!
I don’t either!
I can’t either!
I won’t either!
I didn’t either!
I wouldn’t either!

Let’s practice:

OPINION: I love dogs!

Person #1 – Agrees
Me too!I do too!
Person #2 – Disagrees
Not me! They stink!
Person #1 – Disagrees

Not me! Eew!

Person #2 – ALSO Disagrees

Me neither! They are gross!

OPINION: I don’t like garlic.

Person #1 – Agrees
I also don’t like it.
Person #2 – Disagrees
Really? I love it!
Person #1 – Disagrees

Really? Why not?

Person #2 – ALSO Disagrees

Yeah! Why not?

Now let’s look at an opinion that doesn’t begin with “I.”

Person #1 – Agrees

I agree.

You’re right.

Absolutely.
Person #2 – Disagrees
I disagree.I don’t think so.No way!
Person #1 – Disagrees

I disagree.

That’s wrong.

I don’t think so.

Person #2 – ALSO Disagrees

I also disagree.

I don’t think so, either.

 

OPINION: Soccer is the greatest game in the world.

Person #1 – Agrees
I agree.You’re right.Absolutely.
Person #2 – Disagrees
I disagree.You’re wrong.No way!
Person #1 – Disagrees

I disagree.

You’re wrong.

No way!

Person #2 – ALSO Disagrees

I don’t think so, either.

Not at all!

That’s just your opinion.

Now practice agreeing or disagreeing with the following opinions. (An example for #1 and #2 are below)

1. Driving is the best way to go places.
2. I think hot weather is the best.
3. Cell phones should be made so that they can’t work inside a car.
4. I can’t wait for the weekend.
5. Big families are better than smaller ones.
6. I would be willing to take a job in the countryside.


Example Answers:

(#1)
Person A: Driving is the best way to go places.
Person B: I disagree! Driving is bad for the environment.

Person A: Driving is the best way to go places.
Person B: I agree! Driving is so convenient.

(#2)
Person A: I think hot weather is the best.
Person B: Me too!

Person A: I think hot weather is the best.
Person B: Really? I disagree. It makes me grumpy!

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