I often see the following exchange on Internet forums:

A: (some proposition)

B: Agreed.

Why "agreed", not "agree"? Is it a contracted form of "have agreed" or the past simple? Is the form "agree" (I agree with you) acceptable too?


If you look up agreed in the Cambridge Dictionary, you will see that it is an adjective meaning accepted. If a person says an adjective on its own, it can mean something like "I am.." or "It is...". The omission of these words is an example of conversational deletion.

Doctor: How are you feeling?
Patient: [I am] Hungry!

Parent: How are you getting on with your homework?
Child: [It is] Done.

In this case, agreed on its own means "It is accepted".

agree is the verb form. If you use a verb on its own, it is an imperative: telling somebody to do something. So, if you simply say agree, you are telling the other person to agree with you.

  • Wouldn't it just be it is agreed [upon] rather than substituting in "accepted"? I think accepted has a different meaning. – Element115 Mar 3 '18 at 7:54
  • @Element115 Think Of It More Like "It Is agreed [upon] between the two of us that 'X' is the case." – Timinycricket Mar 3 '18 at 8:07
  • @Element115: I was thinking of the meaning to consider something or someone as satisfactory. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/accept. Upon is not required: check the definitions I provided, – JavaLatte Mar 3 '18 at 8:49

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