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  1. Junior Member
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    Speaking phrases: are they correct or not?

    Hello everybody
    I would really appreciate your help with this phrases below. They are meant to be used in an advanced speaking test. I formulated some myself while others were sent to me by a friend, my main concern is : are they grammatically correct? If so, do they sound 'natural' (native-like)?

    That's a big question!
    I haven't given it much thought until now.

    What strikes me about the first picture is the fact that...
    Judging from the photograph, the children...
    All pictures are interesting, but ... gives a stronger idea of...
    Up to the problem in question ...
    Do you go along with that?

    A strong point in favour of ... is that ...
    ... is a separate issue.
    I'm ambivalent about ...
    I don't see eye to eye with you here ...
    I'm of the opinion that ...

    The best example that comes to mind is...
    I am inclined to believe that...
    It's hard to generalise, but on balance...
    What are your views on... ?
    What do you reckon of... ?
    I haven't given it much thought until now.

    I'm in two minds about it.
    That's exactly my view.
    I think we are not on the same wavelength for this point
    That's a good point, but I still think...
    I agree up to a point but...
    And look at this picture in the top right..
    Shall we try to come to an agreement?
    The main difference is that the one on the top seems to be ...
    ... while the bottom one ...

    Both pictures are quite similar in that they show...
    A picture of ... would get the message across more effectively. ...

    I'm speaking English for my own satisfaction / my job / in order to improve my employment prospects.

    I was interested in what you said about ...
    I relate what you said. ...
    I'd imagine that they are...
    I'm fairly certain they are....

    Adding to what X has just said, I think ... ...
    Can you take a clear stand on that matter? ...
    Just following from what X was saying, I also feel ... ...
    The main problem centers around ... ...

    Thank you in advance!

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    Retired English Teacher
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    Re: Speaking phrases: are they correct or not?

    Please correct the information in your profile, lolipop90.

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