Useful Business English Phrases
Business English: Participating in a Meeting
The following phrases are used to participate in a meeting. These phrases are useful for expressing your ideas and giving input to a meeting.
If I may, I think...
Excuse me for interrupting.
I'm positive that...
In my opinion...
If you ask me,... I tend to think that...
Asking for Opinions
Do you (really) think that...
(name of participant) can we get your input?
That's interesting .
I never thought about it that way before.
I totally agree with you.
Unfortunately, I see it differently.
Up to a point I agree with you, but...
Have I made that clear?
Do you see what I'm getting at?
Let me put this another way...
Please, could you...
I wonder if you could...
I'm afraid I didn't understand that. Could you repeat what you just said?
I didn't catch that. Could you repeat that, please?
I don't quite follow you. What exactly do you mean?
I'm afraid I don't quite understand what you're are getting at.
Asking for Verification
You did say next week, didn't you? ('did' is stressed)
Do you mean that...?
Could you spell that, please?
Would you mind spelling that for me, please?
We haven't heard from you yet, (name of participant).
What do you think about this proposal?
Would you like to add anything, (name of participant)?
Has anyone else got anything to contribute?
Are there any more comments?
Sorry, I think you misunderstood what I said.
Sorry, that's not quite right.
I'm afraid you don't understand what I'm saying.
We're running short of time.
Well, that seems to be all the time we have today.
Please be brief.
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