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We all have opinions about most things and like to ask other for their opinions.

At home:

John: Dad, what do you think of this car? Shall I buy it?
Dad: I think it’s ok, but a little expensive.

With friends:

Me: What do you think of the Italian restaurant that you visited on Saturday?
Friend: I think the food was amazing, and the service was excellent.

At work:

Rowan: What do you think would be the best time for the presentation?
Mark: In my opinion we should start at 2.00pm

Instead of being repetitive and using “I think” or “in my opinion” there are several expressions which can be used when asking and giving your opinion.

Asking for opinions

  • What do you think?
  • What’s your view?
  • How do you feel about (sth)
  • What are your ideas?
  • How do you see the situation?
  • Do you have any thoughts on (sth)?
Giving opinions

  • I feel that…
  • I believe..
  • According to (sb/sth)….
  • In my experience…
  • Personally, I think…
  • It seems to me that…
  • I have no doubt that….

Example:

Peter: What do you think about studying English in Malta?
Maria: Personally, I think it’s great. I was there two years ago and I really enjoyed it.
Peter: Sounds good. And how did you feel about going by yourself?
Maria: Well, I was a bit worried at first, but I made friends from all around the world. After the lessons, we used to go to the beach and in the evenings we went to the clubs, bars and restaurants too. I feel it’s the best place to learn English and make lots of new friends.
Peter: And what’s your view on the best time of year to go?
Maria: Well, I went in July and the atmosphere was great.

Peter: I believe it’s time to go and try it out myself.

created by Tess Giordmaina

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