Stating your opinion
There are very many ways to express your opinion in English. In this article we will focus on some of them.
Expressing your opinion
- I think you are right.
- I feel she is making a mistake.
- I reckon / think / feel / guess she doesn’t love you.
- In my opinion / in my view, this is not the right thing to do.
Expressing your opinion in a less direct way
- I kind of think that you are making a mistake.
- I sort of think that she should have resigned earlier.
Softening or correcting your opinion
- I won’t talk to you again. Well, that’s to say, not unless you give me my money back.
- Ghosts don’t exist. At least, I haven’t seen one.
Making a polite refusal
- I’m afraid I can’t help you at the moment.
- I’m afraid I can’t lend you my car.
Making polite enquiries
- I suppose you are very busy at the moment? (Polite way of asking ‘Are you busy at the moment?’)
Making things clear
- ‘I’m sorry. I mean, I didn’t want to offend you.’
- ‘I’m not working for you again.’ ‘Well, that’s to say, not unless you give me my raise.’
Showing your attitude
- Honestly, I didn’t think that he would win.
- To be honest, I am not at all impressed with your idea.
- ‘What do you think of my nail color?’ ‘Frankly, my dear, it is a disaster.’
- To be frank, I didn’t like what you said.