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Abilities - Responsibilities

Asking Questions

Choosing the Right Phrase

Combining Verbs

Explaining Ideas

Describing Your World

Complex Ideas

Relating Ideas, People, Objects

Speaking about Objects

Wondering about Situations

Discussing Issues

Useful Phrases

Making Excuses

If there is a problem, it is often important to provide an excuse for something not going as planned. These phrases are used to make excuses for a problem.

I'm sorry but...
I'm very sorry about that...
You'll have to forgive me but..
The reason for that is...

Example:

I'm sorry, but iI am only interested in a fixed term sale.

The reason for that is because your account is in the red.

I'm sorry but the fixed term sale will be postponed.

I am sorry but globalization has its bad effects.

Agreeing

Showing agreement with others during meetings and other negotiations is common. Here are some useful phrases used when agreeing with someone.

I see your point about ...
That's a great idea.
I see what you mean about ...
I completely agree with you about ...

I completely agree with you about the date on receipt of the order?

I see what you mean about the potential accrual.

I completely agree with you about the preferred stock.

I see your point about the majority issue vote at the company meeting.

Disagreeing

At times it is necessary to disagree with others during meetings and other negotiations. Here are some useful phrases used when disagreeing with someone.

I'm afraid I don't agree with you.
I don't see how ...
Yes, but...
I doubt...
What I'm worried about is...
Possibly, but...
Are you sure that...
I'm not sure that...

Most of these phrases introduce the reason for disagreeing.

Example:

I doubt that we will be able to rely on the appreciation value.

I doubt our common stock will benefit from the sales plan.

I don""t see how the bank can credit an amount to my account in time to cover this check.

I don't see how we could credit an amount to your account today.