Expressing opinions | chatting to people
To express your opinion of something, use I think…
- I think she is right.
- I think we are making a mistake.
- I think it is too late to begin a new lesson now.
- I think we should give him a chance.
- I think it is a smart idea.
- I think I have got the answer.
If you do not think something is true, use I don’t think…
- I don’t think that she took the money.
- I don’t think that we should wait for him.
- I don’t think she is telling the truth.
- I don’t think he is coming.
The conjunction that can be dropped after I don’t think.
- I don’t think that she knows the answer. = I don’t think she knows the answer.
To ask people if they think something is good or bad, use What do you think of…?
- What do you think of my new hair style?
- What do you think of Maya’s new boyfriend?
- What do you think of the new manager?
- What do you think of my idea?
- What do you think of her latest novel?
Use What do you think about…? to ask somebody if they think something is a good idea.
- What do you think about hosting the party in the garden? (= Do you think that it is a good idea?)
- What do you think about inviting Ismail to our party?
- What do you think about painting the walls green?
- What do you think about moving to a bigger house?
To agree with someone’s opinion, use I agree.
- I agree with you.
- ‘That was the worst film I saw this year.’ ‘I entirely agree with you. It was a complete waste of time.’
The sentence ‘You’re right.’ is also possible here.
- ‘I don’t think we should wait for him. He isn’t going to come.’ ‘You’re right.’
To say that you do not agree with someone, use I don’t think so.
- ‘Jane is a strong contender. She will win.’ ‘I don’t think so.’
- ‘Amala is very nice, isn’t she?’ ‘I don’t think so. She always ignores me.’