Do you often forget how to politely express your disagreement? Seems like a lot of them, right? Instead of openly disagreeing, some of us choose to lie to appear polite. Lying when you disagree is the same as deliberately providing false information or pretending to agree.
In fact, you actually have a different opinion. This attitude is certainly different from when we express disagreement politely. In this case, we tend to express differences of opinion respectfully and without causing offense.
Summarizing from Parade, there are several sentences you can use to politely disagree without having to lie. Here’s the review!
“I Hear Your Perspective. May I Share Mine?”
Stating this sentence will show diplomacy and caution. This statement acknowledges that you have listened to the other person and asks if your opinion was accepted in the conversation. Especially when you might feel the need to voice something.
If the person rejects your opinion, then you can decide what to do next. For example, considering whether the conversation can still be continued or not.
“I’m Not Sure That’s True”
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This phrase includes sentences that get straight to the point. Even so, it’s a good way to challenge what others say, without outright saying that they’re wrong.
Using this sentence is quite effective to express disagreement, when you are in a situation where everyone wants the same result, but you may have a different choice that you want to put forward.
“I Respectfully Disagree, Because My Understanding is…”
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Using the word “respect” may be a better approach to formally expressing disagreement. However, this diplomacy did not stop there.
This expression can show that you are offering a clear and factual basis for your disagreement. Plus, this can help you keep the discussion focused on the issue, rather than personal feelings.
“I See What You Mean, But I’m Doubt About…”
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Another sentence that can make you look polite when expressing disagreement with something. This expression can mean conveying empathy for another person’s position, as well as expressing your concerns. This allows for discussion by highlighting the specific issues you want to address.
“I am happy that we can have open dialogue. I also want to share my thoughts”
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This sentence can reduce someone’s tension first in a conversation or discussion. This phrase is designed to emphasize that you value open dialogue and hopefully reduce the other party’s defensiveness.
Using this phrase can also make them realize that you have other thoughts you want to contribute to the conversation.
“That is interesting. Can I Tell You What I Think?”
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Another alternative that you can use is to use the word “interesting” to validate other people’s feelings. This phrase is good because someone can see it from your perspective.
This is certainly useful because it allows them to follow your lead and see if there is anything from your point of view that could change their perception.
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Sometimes, it’s time for you to finish a conversation, especially in a work environment. Maybe it’s time to stop the conversation or leave the decision in the hands of those in power, after everyone has had their say.
“I digress” is a transition phrase. In conversations where you can’t keep talking about the same subject, it helps to move on to something else.
These are some sentences you can use to politely disagree without having to lie. Good luck, Beauties!
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