Monday, November 12, 2012

Commenting politely

If you would like to make a comment or make a remark in a conversation, it is polite to acknowledge what someone has just said before stating your own ideas.

     Here are some phrases that you might find useful:

  • That's interesting. I think that...
  • Interesting point. I would add...
  • Hmmm. I hadn't thought of that before.
  • Questions can also be a useful way of bringing new ideas into a conversation:
  • What do you think about . . .
  • Have you considered . . .
  • What about . . .                                     Sometimes a more direct approach is appropriate: 
  • Can I add something here?
  • (Do you) mind if I interject something here?

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