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    disagree

    I have written the following sentence in my school writing work:
    "I cannot disagree more with this proposal."

    My teacher circled the "disagree". I don't understand why. Doesn't "disagree" mean "not agree"? Or they are not equal?

    In addition, is the whole sentence right? I usually see people write "cannot agree more with" but have never seen "cannot disagree more with".

    Thanks a lot.


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    Re: disagree

    If written "I couldn't disagree more...", the sentence is fine. What was the exercise about?

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    Re: disagree

    Thanks for your reply.

    It's about writing an argumentation on a proposal.

    I don't quite support it and that's why I wrote that sentence.

    My teacher said "disagree" is not equal to "not agree" and suggested that I should change it to "I do not agree with the proposal completely."

    Then I looked up the dictionary for "disagree" and found my sentence was all fine.

    I just want to know if I have mistaken the use of the word or simply my teacher is making a mistake here.

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: disagree

    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Thanks for your reply.

    It's about writing an argumentation on a proposal.

    I don't quite support it and that's why I wrote that sentence.

    My teacher said "disagree" is not equal to "not agree" and suggested that I should change it to "I do not agree with the proposal completely."

    Then I looked up the dictionary for "disagree" and found my sentence was all fine.

    I just want to know if I have mistaken the use of the word or simply my teacher is making a mistake here.

    Thank you very much.
    In my view your use of the word is acceptable, but in this situation I think you must gracefully accept your teacher's suggestion. You will have to agree to disagree.

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