Talking about Advantages and Disadvantages

Do yourself a favour and add these expressions to your English vocabulary. Here are some useful expressions and phrases to help you do the talking about the advantages and disadvantages of different things and features.

(One of) the huge/great/big advantages of

  • One of the biggest advantages of mobile phones is that you can make video calls to anyone anywhere in the world for free.

A distinct/great/huge advantage over someone/something

Her knowledge of the Spanish language gives her a distinct advantage over other candidates.

Advantages outweigh disadvantages

Despite being unreliable at times, the advantages of our healthcare system outweigh its disadvantages.

Talking about Advantages and Disadvantages
Talking about advantages and disadvantages

The good/bad thing about something

The best thing about living in Barcelona is that we can go swimming in the sea at any time.

Good/bad point

One of the best points of this bicycle is that it is foldable.

Advantages and disadvantages

An advantage of having a car is that you can travel large distances and a disadvantage would be the fuel cost and pollution.

The merits and demerits of (advantages and disadvantages)

The merits and demerits of studying abroad were discussed in the article.

Talking about Advantages and Disadvantages
Talking about Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros and cons (Lat. pro et contra)

We should consider the pros and cons before we change jobs.

Weigh up the pros and cons

The Taylors should weigh up the pros and cons carefully before moving abroad.


The main disadvantage of this car is that it is too small.

Major/main/only drawback

The major drawback to life on planet earth is climate change.


Living in the country is pleasurable. However, it has its downsides.

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