I don't altogether agree with you

Faramarz2015

Senior Member
Persian
Hi,

Which one of the following is a correct equivalence of "I don't altogether agree with you."

Thank you.

A-I agree with you but to some extent
B-I totally disagree with you
 
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  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    I'd say it was closer to A, since it's definitely not B. However, I'd express the meaning with a slightly different emphasis:

    I agree with quite a lot of what you say, but I don't agree with you completely.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Which one of the following is a correct equivalent of "I don't altogether agree with you"?

    A-I agree with you but to some extent.
    B-I totally disagree with you.
    Only A, with the indicated correction.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    I agree with Parla's version of "A-I agree with you but to some extent." being the commonly understood meaning, which can also be expressed as A-I agree with you but only to a certain extent.

    There is a style of BE understatement in which "I don't altogether agree with you." = "I totally disagree with you." but this style will become clear when the speaker explains the differences between his view and yours.
     
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