ENGLISHMiscellaneous English Grammar

Verb AGREE

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1. ‘AGREE WITH’ somebody or something

When the verb AGREE means to have the same opinion, we say AGREE WITH for people as well as things; e.g.

a) I agree with Jitesh.
b) He agreed with my idea.
c) You can’t expect everyone to agree with you all the time

INCORRECT: In many ways I agree to his statement.
CORRECT: In many ways I agree with his statement.

NOTE-I: In this meaning, the preposition WITH is necessary here, you can’t say ‘Agree somebody/something’. Also you can’t say it in the present tense like this: ‘Are agreed with’; e.g.

INCORRECT: I am agreed with you.
CORRECT: I agree with you.

INCORRECT: I am agreed that students should get enough time for activities other than reading also.
CORRECT: I agree that students should get enough time for activities other than reading also.

NOTE-II: When we use AGREE with the above meaning, we don’t use its continuous form i.e. AGREEING; e.g.

INCORRECT: I am agreeing with Jitesh.
CORRECT: I agree with Jitesh.

NOTE-III: With THE FACT THAT we use ACCEPT or APPRECIATE, not AGREE; e.g.

INCORRECT: I agree to the fact that smoking is extremely dangerous.
CORRECT: I accept the fact that smoking is extremely dangerous.

INCORRECT: I agree with the fact that everybody should go to cast his vote.
CORRECT: I accept the fact that everybody should go to cast his vote.

2. ‘AGREE TO’ something

When the verb AGREE means to accept something, we use AGREE TO for things (not PEOPLE); e.g.

a) He had agreed to the use of force.
b) The bank manager has agreed to our request for a loan.
c) I don’t understand why he doesn’t agree to the divorce.

3. AGREE ON

AGREE ON = to reach a decision. If people reach a decision together about something, we use AGREE ON; e.g.

a) We agreed on a date for the party.
b) We couldn’t agree on what to buy.

NOTE: We can also use AGREE + THAT-CLAUSE instead of AGREE ON; e.g.

They agreed on postponing of the meeting.
= They agreed that the meeting should be postponed.

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