How To Disagree Politely in English – 5 Expressions

July 29, 2019 - Priscila Pereira

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How to disagree Politely in English

Learn how to disagree politely in English with this very sweet and short post. If you want to improve your communication skills, learning how to disagree politely as well as learning how to communicate more politely in English should be on top of your list.

Today, I want to show you 5 different ways to disagree politely in Englis

1. I see what you’re saying but…

This is a very common expression that you can use to disagree with someone politely. Take a look at an example below:

I am positive that if we soften our crime laws, violence will reduce…

I see what you’re saying but I am not sure this would be the best way to handle crimes, especially in our country.


2. True, that’s a fair point, but I have to say I disagree…

Another polite way to disagree with someone in English is by saying: True, that’s a fair point, but I have to say I disagree. With this expression, you basically mean that the person has a good point, but you still don’t agree. Take a look at an example below:

If Caleb is old enough to drive, he is old enough to get a job. He really needs to make his own money.

True, that’s a fair point, but I have to say I disagree. Caleb is trying to get into university, he really needs to focus. 


3. I am not sure I agree with you on…

With this expression, you don’t know 100% if you have the same opinion as the person who is talking to you. It is a great way to start explaining your opinion after you say you disagree.  Here is an example.

Ellen, I know you mean well, but I am not sure I agree with you on giving Alex another chance. It is the third time this week he is late and he never does what he is asked. I think it is time to fire him.


4. I am afraid I disagree…

This is a very polite way to disagree. It is a perfect phrase for meetings and work related subjects.

Frankly,  to be fluent you only need to speak and listen to native speakers.

I am afraid I disagree with you. English fluency requires the mastery of other English skills.


5. I don’t see it that way

If you use this expression, it means you do NOT have the same opinion, you do not understand something the same way. Check out the example below


Erica is not doing well in this department… I knew promoting her was a mistake.

I don’t see it that way. She is adjusting. It is her first week. Give her a chance. She will get the hang of it.


If you want more explanations about these expressions, I have a video on my channel where I talk about them in more details. Check it out




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Priscila Pereira

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