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It is of high importance to show your flexibility when you write and speak in English because natives do so. Besides, English is of high precision, and in each situation, you need to use alternative words that are seemingly synonymous but are different slightly. For instance, WATCH and SEE might be considered synonyms but professional English speakers differentiate them. However, knowing the synonyms of a word would help you not only be more precise when you speak but boost your range of vocabulary and lexical resources. In this article, we are going to learn some synonyms for STOP, THINK, and AGREE.
Synonyms of stop
First, we are going to learn some elementary and intermediate alternatives for “stop”.
The first simple synonym for STOP could be END. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, END means “to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point”. The emphasis here is on the final point of an event and it happens when something is completely done. For instance, “the movie ended happily”. It can be also completely synonymous to STOP. For instance, there is no difference between these two sentences; “Would you please end this discussion” and “Would you please stop this discussion”.
The other simple synonym for “stop” is FINISH. According to Cambridge Dictionary, finish means “to complete something or come to the end of an activity”. As “end” the emphasis in “finish” is on the final point of a completed action. For instance, “The game finished an hour ago”. However, at some points, it can be completely synonymous to “stop”. Look at the following sentences; “This war must be finished” and “This war must be stopped”.
A more advanced synonym for “STOP” can be “CEASE”. Cease simply means “to stop something”. For instance, “The nations should cease the war”. Despite the fact that cease is often used for the past tense with “-ed,”, it is common for talking about things as they come to an end. For example, “A dead tree has ceased living” or “If you cease watering plants at your home, they will cease to be alive”. As you see, in this situation we can use both the gerund form and infinitive after cease.
“HALT” can be considered an advanced alternative to “STOP”. According to Cambridge Dictionary “halt” means “to (cause to) stop moving or doing something or happening”. For instance, “The government should take some measures to halt population growth.”
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I agree synonyms
We repetitively express our agreement with others in our daily conversation. So, it would be so professional to use some alternatives instead of just saying I AGREE. There are many expressions by which you can express your agreement with a concept or an idea.
If you are completely AGREE with an idea or a person you can say “I couldn’t agree more”. This expression is used for both formal and informal conversations. For instance, “Your idea is so brilliant. I couldn’t agree more”. You can also use some adverbs such as absolutely to express your complete agreement with a statement. For example, “I absolutely agree with your idea about this project”.
A more advanced alternative for “AGREE” is “APPROVE OF”. This phrasal verb is mainly used in formal situations. We use a noun or a gerund form of the verb after “approve of”. For instance, “I approve of Jack’s opinion about applying this project”. As you see after “approve of” we used Jack’s opinion which is a noun.
“CONCUR” is another advanced synonym for “AGREE” that as agree usually appears with the proposition “WITH” in a sentence. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, CONCUR means “to have the same opinion as someone else”. For instance, “I completely concur with what Jenny said in her presentation.”
Our final advanced synonym for AGREE is CONSENT which usually appears with TO in the sentence. CONSENT means to say yes “to a suggestion and idea”. For instance, “The manager consented to my idea on this project”.
Now let’s learn some idioms by which you can express your agreement with a person’s opinion. The first synonym is “TO BE OF THE SAME MIND”. It means having the exact same opinion as someone else has in their mind. It is more suitable for less formal situations such as conversations with your colleagues and friends. For instance, “We are of the same mind when it comes to sports. We all love football.”
The other idiom which is equivalent to AGREE and suitable for both formal and informal discussion is “TO SEE EYE TO EYE”. This idiomatic expression has the same meaning as the previous one. For instance, “My manager and I will never see eye to eye on this matter.”
Last but not least, the idiom “GO ALONG WITH” can also be used instead of AGREE in conversations. It means “to accept someone else’s idea or opinion on a matter”. For instance, “Firstly, we did not accept his ideas but after his explanation, we go along with his suggestions.”
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I think synonyms
When we want to express our opinion at the beginning of a sentence we use the verb “THINK”. For instance, “I think this idea is not good”. But we should express our opinion several times, especially in work meetings and other formal occasions, we had better learn some other alternatives for it. So, we are going to learn some of these alternatives.
The first verb that can be used instead of “THINK” is “BELIEVE”. They can be used interchangeably. For instance, there is no difference between these two sentences; “I think this idea is so perfect” and “I believe this idea is perfect”. However, believe can be a little bit more formal and deeper.
There are also some expressions by which you can express your opinion. Not only would these expressions be useful for you in general English but you can use them in the speaking part of international exams such as IELTS and boost your score easily. The first expression is “FROM MY POINT OF VIEW”. The point of view is the location from where you see something. When someone asks your opinion about something can start your sentence with this expression. We can use this phrase either at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. For instance, “From my point of view, he is a talented, strong, and effective man”. Or “You have enough money to launch your business from my point of view”.
The other phrase is “IF YOU ASK ME”. We use this phrase when something is not really up to us but the person who asks us might want a second opinion. So, it is usually used for giving a second opinion. For instance, “Hey look this is completely up to you, but if you ask me, I would say you shouldn’t do it.”
Another beautiful expression that is usually used in more formal conversation is “AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED”. We can put it at either the beginning or the end of a sentence. For instance, “As far as I’m concerned, this problem is getting worse” or “Our performance has been great, as far as I’m concerned”.
The next expression is so similar to the previous one; “AS FAR AS I CAN TELL”. Imagine your friend asking your opinion about an important issue. In response, you could say “As far as I can tell….”. Look at the following conversation. “A: Hey Jack! Do you think I should invest my money in this business? B: I far as I can tell, it might be so risky.” It means you are not sure completely about it but you are expressing your opinion tentatively.
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As you see you can become much more fluent and professional in your speaking you know some synonymous expressions of verbs and vocabulary. Besides, it absolutely improves your understanding of native speakers because they use these expressions a lot in their conversations. However, we just explored a tiny fraction of the world of synonyms and you can learn a lot of synonyms for other commonly used words in English