Disagreeing Politely With People - English Tutorial for Beginners

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In this lesson, we will see some key words and phrases you can use when disagreeing with people in a polite way.

Disagreeing with a co-worker

Hurley: Hey Sawyer. I need a favor.

Sawyer: What is it Hurley?

Hurley: I really have to visit my aunt tomorrow. Can you cover for me at the office?

Sawyer: What exactly do you want me to do?

Hurley: Just tell Mr. Locke that I had a fever or something.

Sawyer: Oh! I’m sorry Hurley. But I won’t be able to do that.

Hurley: Why’s that?

Sawyer: That would be a lie and I don’t think lying is the right thing to do. I’m sorry.

Hurley: Maybe but don’t you think you’re overreacting here? It’d be just a white lie.

Disagreeing with someone’s attitude

Sawyer: Hey Jack. I wanted to talk to you about something.

Jack: Sure Sawyer. What is it?

Sawyer: Hurley told me that you said I’m an atheist. Why did you say that?

Jack: Well, you never go to the church. I have never seen you pray so I assumed it was the case.

Sawyer: I understand where you’re coming from but you shouldn’t take things for granted. I believe in God. I just don’t believe in a religion. That doesn’t make me an atheist.

Jack: Oh! I’m sorry Sawyer. I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings. It was a casual discussion.

Sawyer: It’s fine. I just wanted to clear it out.

Disagreeing with someone’s point of view

Jack: I think Hurley lied when he said he had to visit his aunt and couldn’t come to work.

Sawyer:Why would he do that?

Jack: I don’t know. Maybe he just wanted a leave and made up an excuse.

Sawyer: I don’t think so. Hurley would never do that . He’s a serious man.

Jack: That’s one way to look at it, but from my point of view I still don’t think it was true.

Sawyer: Look, I’ve known Hurley for many years Jack. He never lies. I even know his aunt. You can check with her if you want it.

Jack: No, that’s fine. If you trust him, that will be enough for me.

Disagreeing with a friend

Ben: Hey Hurley! What’s up?

Hurley: Nothing much. I’m taking my mom to a doctor.

Ben:Oh! I hope everything’s fine. Actually, I wanted to invite you to a party tonight.

Hurley: Sorry dude! I’m really busy today. Once I get back from the hospital, I have to work some more.

Ben: Come on, Hurley. Life’s not only about work and responsibilities. You oughtta have some fun too.

hurley: I’m sorry but I disagree. Work comes first. But thank you for the invitation. Maybe next time.

Ben: That’s all right. Take care, man.

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