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The problem of revealing and systematizing the features of expressing disagreement repeatedly was in the center of linguistic research. The current article investigates the speech act of disagreement in the framework of Speech Act Theory and its realization with the help of linguistic means (lexical, grammatical, phraseological and stylistic). Speech act of disagreement is act which combines all types of negative reaction: refutation, objection, judgment, disapproval, and dissatisfaction. It is an informative, imperative or evaluative statement and has a certain realization through various means of expression. Using these means in a particular communication depends on the intentions of the speaker, on the nature of the replica stimulus, and on the peculiarities of speech situations.

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