50 French Expressions for Disagreement and Agreement

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September 12, 2014

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Level: Intermediate

Reading time: 3 minutes

French people love to argue or debate so having these little words and expressions can come in handy when it comes to agreeing and disagreeing.

These French connectors will help you:

– Gain time to elaborate your next sentence or idea.

– Make the conversation without any empty silence.

– Avoid the syndrome “Did you understand me?” since you will react faster.

– Sound more sophisticated.

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Agreeing and disagreeing in whatever language you speak should always sound polite and grammatically correct to avoid confusion and misunderstanding. 

Even when agreeing and disagreeing you need to let your ideas or thoughts convey correctly to the other person.

That's why we have this article, to provide you a guide so you can agree or disagree in French easily.

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Are you ready to learn the French way of agreeing and disagreeing?

First let's go over how to agree in French!

To express agreement

One hundred percentà cent pour cent
Without questionsans aucun doute / sans nul doute / Incontestablement
Exactly / Exactly rightexactement !
Most certainlytrès certainement
Without a doubtsans aucun doute
In principle that is true, but ...c'est vrai en principe, mais
Admittedly that is true, but ...admettons que ce soit vrai, mais...
That's one way to say itc'est une des façons de le dire
Only up to a certain pointseulement jusqu'à un certain point
Certainly, why not?certainement, pourquoi pas ?
We agreed that ...nous avons convenu que...
I absolutely agree …je suis totalement d'accord...
It is up to you whether ...ça dépend de toi si...
I completely agree with you, but …je suis complètement d'accord avec toi, mais...
That would be a good ideaça serait une bonne idée
That’s an interesting thoughtc'est une idée intéressante
I fully agree with youje suis complètement d'accord avec toi
Yes, I simply must agreeoui, je dois bien le reconnaître
I am glad to hear itje suis heureux de l'entendre
I am of the same opinionje suis du même avis

Let's learn how to disagree in French!

To express disagreement

EnglishFrench
Sorry, but I can’t agree with thatdésolé(e) mais je ne peux pas être d'accord avec ça
I am of a different opinion, because …j'ai un avis différent, car... / je suis d'un autre avis car
I understand your point butje comprends ce que tu veux dire mais
I can’t agree at allje ne peux pas être d'accord du tout
I can agree, provided that …je peux être d'accord, pourvu que...
We’ll do it only on the condition that …on le fera à condition que...
The only provision is that ...la seule condition est que...
I agree under the condition that ...je suis d'accord à condition que...
I would agree provided that ...je serais d'accord si...
I agree with that, provided that ...je suis d'accord avec ça, pourvu que...
I can agree to that with the provision that ...je peux être d'accord avec ça à condition que...
Provided that ...pourvu que...
I don’t like to complain, but ...je n'aime pas me plaindre mais...
Unfortunately, I am not at all satisfied with ...Malheureusement, je ne suis pas du tout satisfait de...
I am of the same opinion as youje suis du même avis que toi
I am against itje suis contre
Under no circumstancesen aucune circonstance
On no accounten aucun cas
Perhaps there is something in thatpeut-être y a-t-il quelque chose dans ça
Don't be upset, but …ne t'énerve pas mais
It was a slip of the tonguec'était un lapsus
I said it that way by mistakeje n'aurais pas dû le dire de cette manière
I am sorry but …je suis désolé(e) mais...
I am afraid to say that …Je dois malheureusement dire que
I am afraid that …j'ai peur que...
I hope you won’t be offended if ...j'espère que tu ne le prendras pas mal si...
In no caseen aucun cas
That isn't true at allce n'est pas du tout vrai
That is an exaggerationc'est exagéré

Now that you have finished this article about agreeing and disagreeing in French, it's time to practice what you have learned!

What's your favorite phrase/expression for agreeing and disagreeing?


More similar vocabulary will come soon.

Here are some FAQs about French Agreement and Disagreement

How do you express disagreement in French?

There are several ways as listed in the article, but to name a few:

Je suis contre (I am against it)
Je suis désolée, mais… (I’m sorry, but…)
Je ne peux pas être d’accord du tout. (I cannot agree at all.)

How do you give an opinion in French?

There are several ways to give your opinion in French. The act of expressing agreement and disagreement to a preceding statement is one way of giving your opinion. These are some ways to give an opinion on its own:

Mon avis est… (My opinion is…)
À mon avis… (In my opinion…)
J’estime que… (I consider it…)
Je pense que… (I think that…)
J’ai l’idée que…  (I have the impression that…)
D’après moi… (In my view…)

How do you agree emphatically in French?

An emphatic agreement is to agree wholeheartedly, without reservation. Some examples in our list include:

À cent pour cent ! (100 percent!)
Sans doute ! (Without a doubt!)
Exactement ! (Exactly!)
Je suis totalement d’accord. (I totally agree with you.)

About the author 

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

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