If someone expresses an opinion or makes a suggestion you might want to agree with them. In this article we will look at different ways you can do this in English.
The most basic way of saying that you agree with someone is:
Yes, I agree with you.
Govinda: I think we should increase our marketing budget and promote the new line of office furniture in business magazines aimed at executives.
Jen: Yes, I agree with you. That sounds like a good strategy.
(Note that agree is a stative verb, which means that we don’t normally use it with continuous tenses. Don’t say: *I’m agreeing with you.)
You can also say: You’re right!
Wang Shu: In my opinion, the biggest problem facing the packaging industry right now is the long-term effects of environmental damage caused by plastic.
Artur: Yes, you’re right! We need to find a way of reducing plastic consumption that still allows brands to market their products effectively.
There are a number of expressions used for agreeing with people that contain the word point:
That’s a good point.
You can reduce this to:
(Note: Sometimes we don’t use all the words in a phrase or sentence because we assume the other person will understand what we mean. This is called ellipsis.)
Adam: Jorge won’t be able to go to the Hannover meeting in July because he’s attending the European Steel conference.
Ciara: Good point. Maybe we should move the meeting so he can come.
You can also use these expressions with the word point:
Yes, I think you’ve got a point.
Helen made a good point.
If you want to concede that someone has said something which is right, but which goes against what you had said, you can say:
(That’s a) fair point.
Gus: Trueforth Shaw plc are one of the main players in the biofuels sector.
Tanya: Yes, but they’ve been selling a lot of their biofuel assets recently.
Gus: Hm. Fair point.
If you agree with someone 100% you can say:
I agree with you completely
I completely agree with you.
You can also say:
I agree with you totally
I totally agree with you
(Note that you can’t put the adverbs completely / totally at the beginning of the sentence. Don’t say: *Completely / totally I agree with you.)
Bernard: There’s no reason why the bank shouldn’t extend our loan for another six months.
Uri: I totally agree with you. Sales are really strong and we need to develop new markets now.
In British English we use some funny idiomatic expressions to show that we completely agree with someone:
You’ve hit the nail on the hit!
Tomas: Jennings Inc are the market leaders in photocopier consumables because they combine great prices with a focus on quality and customer service.
Marianne: Yes! You’ve hit the nail on the head! I completely agree with you.
© Robert Dennis, Big Business English, 2018
Now find out how to disagree with someone in English.