AEE 75: How to Show Respect While You Argue in English

how to argue in EnglishToday you’ll learn specific words and phrases for how to show respect while you argue in English.

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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