Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Yesterday Lindsay and her co-host argued about this question: Should you choose a career based on your passion or your strengths?




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Here are four phrases to bring to your next argument in English:

  • “To find middle ground”– This means to find a place where you agree with the person that is between your opinion or the other person’s opinion
  •  “I mean, I see what you mean”- This shows that you are offering a concession, that you hear what the other person is saying and that you respect what they are saying. This is a good way to prepare the person for a contradicting opinion.
  • “(It) makes sense”- This is a way to show that you understand or that you have heard what the person said, but you might say this before you say a different opinion.
  • “My question would be”- This is a way to challenge the other person’s point of view, but when you use “would” here, it is a way of being more indirect, stepping back and using the conditional form.

Use today’s phrases in your next friendly argument if you want to maintain a great relationship with the person!

Good luck!

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