Expressing Your Opinion In English

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.

Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I am Manjusha. This is my blog where I give English grammar lessons and worksheets.

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