English Phrasal Verbs: Agreeing and Disagreeing.

Meetings in our office are always the same. Bill will suggest some crazy new scheme and Karen go along whatever it is, even if she doesn’t quite believe in it. The rest of us will divide naturally into two groups: those who side with Bill and those who are against him. Julia usually falls in with Bill’s ideas fairly quickly, knowing that it’s pointless to argue as he usually wins in the end. Both Bill and Karen argue very persuasively and can talk the others round in no time at all. Barbara is always the last to give in , and even then she does so very reluctantly. secretly, I sympathize with her. I have nothing against Bill, I just don’t see why he should get his own way all the time!


  1. Go along with: to support an idea, or to agree with someone’s opinion.
  2. Side with: to support a person or group in an argument.
  3. Go with: (Slightly informal) to accept a plan or an idea, or to support the person whose ideas you agree with.
  4. Believe in: to think that something is effective and right.
  5. Fall in with: if you fall in with an idea or plan, you agree with it or accept it.
  6. Settle on/upon: to agree on a decision.

Agreeing after disagreeing:

  1. Come around/round: to agree to a plan or idea that you were against, after thinking about it for a long time or being persuaded by other people that it is good.
  2. Give in: to finally agree to what someone wants after a period when you refuse to agree.
  3. Cave in: to agree to something you were against before, after someone has persuaded you or threatened you.

Persuading someone to agree:

  1. Bring around/round  
    Talk around/round: (British & Australian). to persuade someone to agree with you or to do what you want them to do.
  2. Bring over to: to persuade someone to agree with you.
  3. Win around / over / round: to persuade someone to support you or to agree to do something often when they did not agree with you before.


  1. Have against: to dislike or disagree with someone or something for a particular reason.
  2. Frown on/upon: to believe that something is wrong and that you should not do it.
  3. Quarrel with: to disagree with an idea, statement, or decision.
  4. Turn against: to decide not to like or agree with someone or something, or to make someone do this.