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6. I'm afraid I don't agree.

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DISAGREEING

6.1

Expressing complete disagreement

 Listen to the extracts and repeat the words used to show strong disagreement. Each extract is repeated twice.

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In my opinion, fashion is a complete waste of time, money and resources.

I disagree entirely. The world would be a boring place without change.

03

In my view, government money shouldnít be used to support the Arts.

Iím afraid I canít agree. Public support for the Arts is the hallmark of a civilized society.

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Surely, the technology for all this isnít going to be very user-friendly.

On the contrary. Thereíll be different levels of user-friendliness for different users.

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.... itís impossible to generalize about why people prefer married to single status.

Rubbish! It must be possible to compare living together with someone to living on your own. What about the question of independence?

6.2 

 Using irony to express disagreement

Listen to the extracts and repeat the exclamations and questions used for ironic effect. Each extract is repeated twice.

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Besides, the production lines are often highly mechanized.

Come off it! Agriculture in the Third World is still fairly labour intensive.

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Spend more time in Rwanda and youíll understand what I mean.

Come on! The films we see on TV donít go that far. At least thereís some censorship.

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Besides, itís such a cruel way to kill them.

Do you really think so? Once the first dog had caught up with the fox, death is fairly instant.

6.3

Dismissing an argument as irrelevant or improbable.

 Listen to the extracts and repeat the phrases used to dismiss or reject arguments. Each extract is repeated twice.

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I bet you can get traditional Spanish wines and beers!

That isnít the point. Iím talking about soft drinks.

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Thatís highly debatable. Some of the exhibits you see from contemporary artists are no more than tins of baked beans and piles of bricks.

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Thatís highly unlikely. Everybody understands that films and plays contain drama and that the purpose of the news is to report on whatís wrong.

6.4

Disagreeing diplomatically (through doubt)

Listen to the extracts and repeat the phrases used to cast doubt on arguments. Each extract is repeated twice.

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The elderly are often confused by modern telephones and automatic switchboards.

I wonder whether thatís the case. Isnít it rather that they enjoy getting out and about instead of sitting next to a telephone?

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What Iím saying is that older people have been there before. Theyíve had the problems and found the solutions.

Iím not sure that it works like that. You see todayís young live in a different age.

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If the songs are any good, then surely theyíll survive.

Iím not so sure about that.

Why not?

(Because traditions are now under attack from mass production and mass marketing.)

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Well, Iím not sure whether you can really separate language from culture

 6.5

Disagreeing in part ( appeal to logic )

Listen to the extracts and repeat the phrases used to question the logic or truth of an argument. Each extract is repeated twice.

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But surely, the canal system is much too slow for industry today.

Not necessarily

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By the time youíve loaded the goods onto a truck, you might as well do the whole journey by road.

That doesnít necessarily follow. A lot of trade is with Europe and before the Channel Tunnel there was a good container industry.

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... the advertiser may pay, but the costs are passed onto the consumer.

That isnít strictly true. If a company can sell in bulk, prices can be brought down.

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