Business Class: Do you agree?


I was discussing presentation best practices with a learner today. We were looking over a list of tips to improve presentation skills and she said ” I’m agree with that.”

The verb ‘to agree’ (italian: essere d’accordo-concordare) is really important.

Remember that it is a pure verb and does not take the verb ‘to be’. The opposite is “to disagree”.

Moreover, we use it when we have the same opinion as someone else but we also use it when a group decides to accept something that should be done.  

“I am in agreement” can also be used  to express that you have the same opinion. It is more similar to the Italian equivalent.

Here are a few examples in context:

  • I agree with John about the situation.
  • He disagrees  that the house is too small.
  • We agree to disagree. (differing opinions remain)
  • Do you agree with the proposal?
  • We didn’t agree on a date.

it would be wrong to say:

  • I am agree.
  • He is not agree.
  • They are in agreed.
  • Are you agree with me?

Do you agree that this is a difficult mistake to correct for Italian learners?




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