- That may/might be true
- That could work
- I see what you mean but/however
- I know what you mean
- I hear what you’re saying
- That’s a good / nice idea, but
- [positive agreement]+[question] e.g. That’s interesting now/but why don’t we consider …
These expressions are useful when people are vague or not clear or you want to reassure someone who can’t speak English well!
- Yes, I see.
- I understand what you’re saying.
- I see what you’re getting at.
- I know what you mean.
You can also summarise / rephrase what they said to confirm. It’s nicer than asking to repeat.
- So you mean that…
- So if I understand correctly, you want….
Question as an answer
This is an indirect way to partly agree or even disagree
- Why don’t we…
- Have we considered..
- How about…
- Can we…
- Could we…
- May I…
- Have you seen/heard/ …
Can be seen as rude! Better to add ‘part agreement’ first.
- Let’s look at ….
- Show us the…
- Take a look at this….