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Hi everyone, welcome to english-learning.net. I hope you are well today. In this lesson, we’re going to learn a number of ways to show disagreement.

1. I don’t think so. 

This expression is a polite way to tell people you do not agree with what they have said. For example:

  • I believe Thailand is a terrible country to visit.
  • I don’t think so, Thailand is a great country and there are a lot of interesting things to see there

2. I’m afraid I don’t agree. 

The extra words “I’m afraid” make the disagreement less strong. It shows people that you have a different idea and the disagreement is not what you expected. For example:

  • The computer is not functioning well, we should replace it soon.
  • I’m afraid I don’t agree. They’re quite new and we don’t have enough money to replace it.

3. I beg to differ

In this expression, “to beg” basically means “to ask”. This is a formal way to show your disagreement or disapproval. For example:

  • People often think Paris the best place to visit in France, but I beg to differ, there are so many awesome places you should not miss when visiting France.

4. I’m not so sure about that. 

This expression shows a weak disagreement by telling people you are not sure about what they have said. For example:

  • Mary and I think that Twitter is more widely used than Facebook
  • Well, I’m not sure about that. 

5. That’s not how I see it. 

This phrase tells people that you have a different point of view toward a specific matter. It is an indirect way to show disagreement. For example:

  • The managers all agree that Justin is not doing his job well.
  • That’s not how I see it. He’s very hard-working and passionate

7. No way!

8.I totally disagree.

These two expressions show a strong disapproval. If you have a completely different idea and it is impossible for you to agree, then go ahead with with either of them. For example:

  • Come on, let me borrow your bike.
  • No way!
     
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ways of showing disagreement in English