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How to Express Agreement or Disagreement in Spanish (Spaniol – Espaniol – Español)

¿Estás correcto? ¿Estoy de acuerdo? Learn how to say someone is right, wrong, express agreement.

Are you having an interesting discussion with a native Spanish speaker, but don’t know the right words to express agreement or disagreement? Do you want to give your opinion during a conversation in Spanish, but you feel like you don’t have the necessary vocabulary? Is your Latine friend confused or mistaken and you can’t correct them? 

Yes, we’ve all felt that frustration! But we’ll show you the solution right here, so take a deep breath and say goodbye to that feeling because here at Global Spanish you’re going to learn how to handle those situations in Spanish.

How to share your opinions in Spanish.

  • Estás en lo correcto (You’re correct)

The first thing we’ll teach you is how to tell somebody they’re right in Spanish! A big mistake Spanish learners make here is trying to translate directly from English: You’re right — tú estás bien and you’re correct — estás correcto. Well, it makes sense but those expressions actually aren’t right! Instead of making a fool of yourself in Spanish, you can say:

 

  • Tienes razón (you’re right)
  • Estás en lo correcto (you’re correct)

The verb “acertar” has no literal translation in English, but it has two different meanings in Spanish. 

 

The first one refers to shooting at the spot where the shot was intended. The other meaning in Spanish, which is of our interest here, is giving the solution or the true answer to an unresolved question or an unknown enigma.

 

Take a look at these examples:

  • ¿Dónde escondiste mis zapatos? ¿Detrás del sofá? – ¡Sí, acertaste!
  • ¡Mira mamá! Acerté todas las preguntas del examen.
  • Gracias por el regalo ¡Acertaste! Es justo lo que quería.

  • Estás equivocado (You’re wrong)

In some cases, expressing this might be as easy as putting a “no” before the Spanish sentences stated above. Let’s take a look at these phrases:

 

  • No tienes razón (you’re not right)
  • No estás en lo correcto (you’re not correct)
  • No has acertado (you’re not correct)

 

In other cases, it’s a little more complicated. But don’t worry! We’ll explain it right now.

 

In Spanish, there’s a verb for making mistakes or being wrong: equivocar. Now, “equivocarse” is a reflexive verb, which means it’s used with reflexive pronouns, so first let’s take a look at its conjugation in Spanish:

 

Persona Pronombre reflexivo “Equivocar”
Yo me  equivoco
Te  equivocas
Él/ella  se  equivocan
Nosotros nos  equivocamos
Ellos / Ustedes se  equivocan

 

Is “equivocar” a little bit confusing? Not after looking at the examples below in Spanish!

 

  • Ellos se equivocan de clase cuando entran a otro salón.
  • Creímos que ganaría nuestro equipo pero perdió ¡Nos equivocamos!
  • ¡Feliz cumpleaños! — No, te equivocas, hoy no es mi cumpleaños.

 

Now, it’s very important to mention that the verb “equivocar” is usually used in its past form because we tend to recognize mistakes once we’ve made them (that’s very deep, huh?). So, here’s its conjugation in “pretérito perfecto” (or simple past) in Spanish:

 

Persona Pronombre reflexivo “Equivocar”
Yo me  equivoqué
Te  equivocaste
Él/ella  se  equivocó
Nosotros nos  equivocamos
Ellos / Ustedes se  equivocaron

 

  • Me equivoqué en el examen ¡Saqué 0!
  • Juana se equivocó de contraseña. Ahora le cerrarán la cuenta.
  • Tomás y Natalia cocinaron un pastel para Andrea, pero a ella no le gusta. ¡Se equivocaron!

  • Estoy de acuerdo (I agree) // No estoy de acuerdo o estoy en desacuerdo (I disagree)

 

Expressing agreement in Spanish is a rather simple task! You don’t think so? Well, continue reading!

 

Just like in English, the word “acuerdo” in Spanish means agreement. The only difference is that in Spanish you have to express it using the verb “estar” and you also have to conjugate it with the person that agrees with a statement or situation. Lastly, you should add the Spanish preposition “de”.

 

For the negative form of that sentence, we have two possibilities in Spanish: “No estoy de acuerdo” and “Estoy en desacuerdo”, both of them have the same meaning: “I don’t agree”.

 

Here are some Spanish examples:

 

  • Deberíamos comer pastel (We should eat cake) – Sí, estoy de acuerdo. (Yes, I agree)
  • El político no está de acuerdo con la nueva ley. (The politician doesn’t agree with the new law)
  • Dicen las noticias que lo mejor es quedarse en casa (The news say it’s better to just stay at home) – Estoy de acuerdo (I agree)
  • El helado de chocolate es el mejor (Chocolate ice-cream is the best)- Estoy en desacuerdo (I disagree).

 

Easy enough, right?

  • Expresando opiniones (Expressing opinions in Spanish)

 

Last but not least, in a Spanish discussion you won’t only want to agree or disagree with somebody’s opinion —you’ll also want to convey your own! So, we’ve created some phrases you can start your statements with:

 

  • En mi opinión… (in my opinion)
  • Opino que…  (in my opinion)
  • Yo considero que… (I consider that)
  • Creo que… (I believe that)

 

Examples:

 

  • En mi opinión no es bueno que salgamos de casa.
  • Opino que es necesario respetar todas las ideas.
  • Yo considero que deberíamos ir al museo.
  • Creo que es mejor la comida mexicana.

 

Well, wasn’t that easy? Now you know how to express agreement and disagreement in Spanish. More importantly, you’ll now say “You’re right” or “You’re wrong” with more confidence. We hope that you remember these useful tips to share your opinions during your next discussion in Spanish!

 

If you learned a lot of new phrases with this article, make sure to check out one of our other useful articles. You’ll always learn something new! 

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