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USEFUL LANGUAGE FOR CAMBRIDGE SPEAKING EXAM PART 3

GETTING STARTED Shall we start with this one ?


Let's start with ....., shall we ?
Would you like to begin or shall I ?
KEEPING THE Shall we move on to the next one?
CONVERSATION GOING Let's go on to the next one.
What about .....?
What do you think of / about (the next point / situation)?
How do you feel about (the next point / situation) ?
ASKING FOR OPINION / What do you think?
INVITING A RESPONSE / Do you agree with that ?
ASKING THE OTHER PERSON What's your opinion ?
TO COMMENT ON YOUR What are your feelings about this ?
OPINION How do you feel about ?
Would you go along with that ?
Would you agree with that ?
Don't you think / find / consider that ....?
Tag questions
ASKING FOR REASONS Could you tell me why ?
Is that because ...?
Why do you think so ?
Why do you say that ?
Is there any particular reason why you think / say that ?
ASKING FOR CLARIFICATION I'm not sure I follow you.
What exactly do you mean ?
Could you explain, please ?
CLARIFYING I'm sorry if I didn't explain it very well. What I meant to say is...
Let me put it another way.
That wasn't quite what I had in mind. I meant something more like...
INTERRUPTING POLITELY Could I say something, please ?
Do you mind if I add something here ?
If I could just make a point here.
I'd just like to say something about that.
I would like to comment on that if I may / if you don't mind.
I'm sorry, but could I just say...
ADDING POINTS And another thing / aspect is...
Apart from that, ... / In addition / Moreover / What is more, ....
As well as that, ... /Just as importantly,....
Even better,....
There's also the fact that...
AGREEING That's just what I was thinking, too.
Right. Yes, I agree with that.
I think so, too.
Yes, you're absolutely right.
That's a very good point. / That's a great idea.
You've got a point here.
Absolutely.
That's exactly what I would have said.
AGREEING BUT MENTIONING I totally agree, but some people might say / argue...
OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINION Yes, you're right, but it is sometimes claimed that ....
This is / might be true. However / Nevertheless / On the other hand
POLITELY DISAGREEING Perhaps, but what about...
I'm not so sure. Don't you think ....?
I think I'd rather...
It might be better to...
I'm not really that keen on...
I don't really agree with...
POLITELY DISAGREEING AND I'm not sure I agree. For one thing, ... And for another,...
GIVING REASONS I don't really see it quite that way. After all, .....
TRYING TO CHANGE But don't you think that ...?
SOMEONE'S OPINION / Yes, but isn't it true that ...?
TRYING TO PERSUADE However wouldn't you agree that ...?
Yes, but on the other hand...
But isn't it possible that ...?
Perhaps another way of looking at it would be ....
HYPOTHESISING What if ....
If I were to...
Let's suppose that....
This might be .... / might have been.....
It is possible / It might be possible that.....
Maybe / Perhaps / Probably / There is a (slight ) chance that...
MAKING DEDUCTIONS This must be ... / must have been ...
This can't be .... / couldn't have been...
I am sure / certain that....
It is likely // unlikely that....
TALKING ABOUT CAUSE AND One reason / The main reason of that is....
EFFECT This is why .....
This is because ...
Thus / Therefore / Consequently / As a result ...
EXPRESSING AND In my opinion / To my mind / I think / I consider / I believe.....
JUSTIFYING OPINION because / as .....
One / The main reason why I think that is ....
EXPRESSING AND I'd rather choose .... than..... because / as
JUSTIFYING PREFERENCE I would definitely choose / prefer to ..... because / as .....
I'd prefer to choose .... because / as ......
REACHING A DECISION Which one do you think is the most important ?
Which do you think would be the best?
So which shall we choose ?
Are we both in favour of that one ?
Shall we have these two, then ?
Do you think we've settled the question ?
We've got very different opinions, so let's agree to differ.
I don't think we agree, so let's leave it at that.
Let's just agree to disagree.