Module 5, Unit 4

“Discussing Different Points of View”

Base Sentences – (646-660)

646 You have your point of view, and I have mine.

646 Usted tiene su punto de vista, y yo tengo la mía.

647 You approach it in a different way than I do.

647 te acercas a ella de una manera diferente que yo.

648 I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair.

648 No voy a discutir con usted, pero creo que estás siendo injusto.

649 That’s a liberal point of view.

649 Eso es un punto de vista liberal.

650 He seems to have a lot of strange ideas.

650 Parece que tiene un montón de ideas extrañas.

651 I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further.

651 Yo no veo ningún punto en la discusión de la cuestión más allá.

652 What alternatives do I have?

652 ¿Qué alternativas tengo?

653 Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.

653 Todo el mundo tiene derecho a su propia opinión.

654 There are always two sides to everything.

654 Siempre hay dos lados para todo.

655 We have opposite views on this.

655 Tenemos puntos de vista opuestos sobre esto.

656 Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start an argument.

656 Por favor, perdóname. No quise comenzar una discusión.

657 I must know your opinion. Do you agree with me?

657 Debo saber tu opinión. ¿Estás de acuerdo conmigo?

658 What point are you trying to make?

658 ¿Qué punto está usted tratando de hacer?

659 Our views are not so far apart, after all.

659 Nuestros puntos de vista no están tan lejos, después de todo.

660 We should be able to resolve our differences.

660 Deberíamos ser capaces de resolver nuestras diferencias.

Verb Study

1. approach =>approached, approaching, approaches

(A) You approach it in a different way than I do. (B) She approaches everything in a peculiar way. (C) When you approached the house, did you notice anything different? (D) We’re approaching the river now. (A) Te acercas a ella de una manera diferente que yo. (B) Se acerca todo de una manera peculiar. (C) Cuando se acercó a la casa, ¿notó algo diferente? (D) Nos acercamos al río ahora.

2. argue, discuss => argued, arguing, argues; discussed, discussing, discusses

(A) I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair. (B) She always argues about everything. (C) Why are you arguing with me now? (D) He argued with me for two hours last night. (E) I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further. (F) He discusses most of his problems with me. (G) Have you ever discussed this with anybody else? (A) No voy a discutir con usted, pero creo que estás siendo injusto. (B) Siempre se discute sobre todo. (C) ¿Por qué estás discutiendo conmigo ahora? (D) Se discutieron conmigo durante dos horas la noche anterior. (E) No veo ningún punto en la discusión de la cuestión más allá. (F) El autor analiza la mayor parte de sus problemas conmigo. (G) ¿Alguna vez has hablado con alguien más?

3. be entitled (to) => is/are entitled to, was/were entitled to

(A) Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. (B) She’s entitled to have her own opinion, isn’t she? (C) They were entitled to have their own opinion. (A) Todo el mundo tiene derecho a su propia opinión. (B) Ella tiene derecho a tener su propia opinión, ¿verdad? (C) tienen derecho a tener su propia opinión.

4. forgive =

(A) Please forgive me. (B) I’ve already forgiven you. (C) I hope he forgives me. I didn’t mean to start an argument. (A) Por favor, perdóname. (B) ya te he perdonado. (C) Espero que me perdone. No quise comenzar una discusión.

5. mean to => [meant to, meant to], meaning to, means to

(A) I didn’t mean to start, an argument. (B) I haven’t meant to bother you. (C) So you think she means to start an argument? (D) I’ve been meaning to call you, but I’ve been busy. (A) No quise decir para empezar, un argumento. (B) No he querido molestarte. (C) ¿Así que crees que significa para comenzar una discusión? (D) He querido llamarte, pero he estado ocupado.

6. agree => agreed, agreeing, agrees

(A) I must know your opinion. Do you agree with me? (B) She agrees with me most of the time. (C) He agreed with me at first; then he changed his mind. (D) I’m agreeing with you now, but I may change my mind later. (A) Debo saber tu opinión. ¿Estás de acuerdo conmigo? (B) Se está de acuerdo conmigo la mayoría del tiempo. (C) Estuvo de acuerdo conmigo en primero, y luego cambió de opinión. (D) Estoy de acuerdo contigo ahora, pero puedo cambiar de opinión más tarde.

7. resolve => resolved, resolving, resolves

(A) We should be able to resolve our differences. (B) They resolved their differences and became good friends again. (C) How did he resolve his problem? (A) Debemos ser capaces de resolver nuestras diferencias. (B) Se resolvieron sus diferencias y se convirtieron en buenos amigos. (C) ¿Cómo se resuelve el problema?

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a You have your point of view, and I have mine.

1b You have your viewpoint, and I have mine.

1c You have your belief, and I have mine.

1d You have your opinion, and I have mine.

1e You have your ideas, and I have mine.

2a You approach it in a different way than I do.

2b You view it in a different way than I do.

2c You look at it in a different way than I do.

2d You conceive of it in a different way than I do.

2e You visualize it in a different way than I do.

3a Are you being fair? Have you listened to both sides of the question?

3b Are you being fair? Have you considered both sides of the question?

3c Are you being fair? Have you thought over both sides of the question?

4a I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair.

4b I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being stubborn.

4c I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being narrow-minded.

4d I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being impractical.

4e I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being childish.

5a That’s a liberal point of view.

5b That’s a conservative point of view.

5c That’s a radical point of view.

5d That’s a selfish point of view.

5e That’s a narrow point of view.

6a He seems to have a lot of strange ideas.

6b He seems to have a lot of funny ideas.

6c He seems to have a lot of peculiar ideas.

6d He seems to have a lot of bright ideas.

6e He seems to have a lot of clever ideas.

6f He seems to have a lot of practical ideas.

7a I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further.

7b I don’t see any point in considering the question any further.

7c I don’t see any point in arguing the question any further.

7d I don’t see any point in debating the question any further.

8a What alternatives do I have?

8b What choice do I have?

8c What other choice do I have?

9a Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.

9b Everyone has a right to his own opinion.

9c Everyone deserves the right to his own opinion.

10a There are always two sides to everything.

10b There are always two sides to every argument.

10c There are always several different points of view.

10d There are always differences in people’s viewpoints.

11a We have opposite views on this.

11b We have conflicting views on this.

11c We have widely different views on this.

11d We have opposing views on this.

12a Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start an argument.

12b Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a long discussion.

12c Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a debate.

12d Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a quarrel.

12e Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a conflict.

12f Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a fight.

12g Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a riot.

12h Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a revolution.

13a I must know your opinion. Do you agree with me?

13b I must know your opinion. Are you on my side?

13c I must know your opinion. Do you disagree with me?

13d I must know your opinion. Are you against me?

13e I must know your opinion. Are you for or against me?

13f I must know your opinion. Are you in agreement with me?

13g I must know your opinion. Do you more or less agree with me?

14a What point are you trying to make?

14b What point are you trying to prove?

14c What point are you trying to get across?

14d What point are you trying to put across?

15a Our views are not so far apart, after all.

15b Our views are not so close together, after all.

15c Our views are not so much alike, after all.

15d Our views are not so widely different, after all.

16a We should be able to resolve our differences.

16b We should be able to settle our differences.

16c We should be able to reconcile our differences.

16d We should be able to discuss our differences.

16e We should be able to talk about our differences.

17a The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to speak.

17b The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to present his argument.

17c The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to answer all questions.

17d The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to present his point of view.

Reading Practice

Some people are always starting an argument. They often have very little information on the subject, but this doesn’t matter. They have strong beliefs, anyway. There’s no point in debating with people like this because you can never resolve anything. Algunas personas siempre están comenzando una discusión. A menudo tienen muy poca información sobre el tema, pero esto no importa. Ellos tienen fuertes creencias, de todos modos. No hay ningún punto en el debate con gente así porque nunca se puede resolver nada.

But with other people a difference of opinion can start an extremely interesting discussion. Each person tries to explain his point of view, but he listens to other arguments, too. Pero con otras personas una diferencia de opinión puede iniciar un debate muy interesante. Cada persona trata de explicar su punto de vista, pero escucha a otros argumentos, también.

This type of conflict becomes an exchange of ideas instead of a quarrel. Whether or not their differences are reconciled, each person learns something from the experience. Este tipo de conflicto se convierte en un intercambio de ideas en lugar de una pelea. Sea o no se concilian sus diferencias, cada persona aprende algo de la experiencia.

In New England and in some other parts of the United States, citizens of the town meet and talk over all local problems. The people sometimes disagree with each other, and there may be some arguments. En Nueva Inglaterra y en otras partes de los Estados Unidos, los ciudadanos de la ciudad se reúnen y hablan sobre los problemas locales. La gente a veces no están de acuerdo entre sí, y puede haber algunos argumentos.

Each side will try to persuade others that its point of view is the best. But frequently the two sides are not really far apart in their views, and this kind of public discussion helps to settle their differences. This is a healthy situation. Cada lado tratará de persuadir a los demás de que su punto de vista es el mejor. Pero con frecuencia las dos partes no están realmente lejos de sus puntos de vista, y este tipo de debate público ayuda para resolver sus diferencias. Esta es una situación sana.

Questions

1. Why shouldn’t you argue with people who have little information on a subject?

2. What is a quarrel? What is a discussion? How are they different?

3. When does a conflict become an exchange of ideas instead of a quarrel?

4. What do the citizens do in New England?

5. Do you think public discussion of local problems is a good idea? Why?

6. Do you know of other places where citizens meet for public discussion of local problems?

Conversation

Fred: Do you mean to tell me you don’t care for modern art? Not any of it?

Joan: That’s right. I don’t understand it and I don’t like it.

Fred: That’s a very narrow-minded viewpoint. If you don’t understand it, how can you say that you don’t like it?

Joan: Perhaps I am a little conservative. I just can’t imagine that the modern artist is really serious.

Fred: I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair. The modern artist has a different approach to his work than the more traditional artist. .

Joan: Are you trying to tell me that these peculiar paintings mean anything? A child could paint better than that.

Fred: I guess there’s no point in discussing the matter any further. You have your opinion and I have mine. .

Joan: I agree there are two sides to everything, but this time I see only one of them.

Fred: Well, I’m attempting to explain that the modern artist is trying to get across his personal feelings about the world around him.

Joan: Then he should keep his feelings to himself.

Word List

alike (GSL-1912)

alternatives

apart (GSL-1330)

argument (GSL-688)

belief

bright

childish เหมือนเด็ก

clever

close

conflict

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a conflict. (SS-12)

conflicting

We have conflicting views on this. (SS-11)

conservative

That’s a conservative point of view. (SS-5)

debate

discussion

everything

fair ยุ

fight

for

further

impractical

liberal

narrow-minded

opponent

opposing

opposite

point (GSL-150)

646 You have your point of view, and I have mine.

649 That’s a liberal point of view.

651 I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further.

658 What point are you trying to make?

quarrel

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a quarrel. (SS-12)

radical

That’s a radical point of view. (SS-5)

revolution

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a revolution. (SS-12)

right

riot

selfish

stubborn

unfair

viewpoint

widely

Verb Forms

approach

conceive (of)

debate

deserve

disagree (with)

discuss

forgive, forgave (p.), forgiven (p. part.)

get across

What point are you trying to get across? (SS-14)

Well, I’m attempting to explain that the modern artist is trying to

get across his personal feelings about the world around him. (Conv)

mean to

656 Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start an argument.

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a debate (SS-12)

present

prove, proved (p. and p. part.)

put across

reconcile

We should be able to reconcile our differences. (SS-16)

resolve

(660) We should be able to resolve our differences.

settle (GSL-689)

view

visualize

Expressions

after all

be entitled to

in agreement

more or less

point of view

see a point in

Supplementary Word List 

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

artist

citizen

painting