Ways to express your opinion in English

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Suppose you are with friends discussing water pollution. One friend says, “I think, water pollution comes from a single source. There’s no question about it.” Another friend says, “I disagree! Water bodies can be polluted by a wide variety of substances.”

Knowing how to express your opinion in English is valuable whether you are speaking or writing. Today we will look at phrases you can use to share your point of view.

Sentence starters

  • I prefer…
  • I think…
  • I feel…
  • I know…
  • I believe…
  • In my opinion…
  • The best thing about…
  • The greatest part about…
  • The worst part about…
  • Everyone should…
  • …is better than … because…
  • If you liked… than you will love….

General point of view

  • It is thought that…
  • Some people say that…
  • It is considered…
  • It is generally accepted that…
  • Disagreeing with an opinion
  • Yes, but…
  • I’m afraid I have to disagree.
  • I’m sorry to disagree with you, but…
  • That’s not entirely true.
  • On the contrary…
  • I’m not so sure about that.

Personal point of view

  • I have seen/noticed/observed that…
  • I just don’t think it’s right that…
  • One argument in favour of … is that…
  • I think people should (have the right to) …
  • In my experience…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • In my opinion…
  • Personally, I think…
  • I’d say that…
  • I’d like to point out that..
  • I believe that…
  • Speaking for myself…
  • Personally, I believe (feel)…
  • I tend to think that…
  • I am sure/certain/convinced that…
  • As far as I understand/ can see, …

Giving the opposite opinion

  • Maybe, but it seems to me that…
  • I partly agree, but I still believe that…
  • I don’t agree. In my opinion,…
  • I completely disagree. To me,…

Clarifying your opinion

  • No, that’s not what I’m trying to say.
  • What I mean is …
  • No, that’s not what I mean.
  • All I’m saying is that …

Giving yourself time to think

  • That’s an interesting point.
  • I’ve never really thought about that.
  • Um, let me think.
  • It’s hard to say.

Agreeing with an opinion

  • Of course
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Yes, I agree.
  • I think so too.
  • That’s a good point.
  • Exactly.
  • That’s true.
  • Neither do I.
  • I couldn’t agree more.

Making suggestions

  • I suggest/ think you should …
  • It might be better to …
  • We/ you ought to …
  • If I were you …, I would …
  • I (don’t) think we/ you should…
  • You/ we could …
  • Couldn’t you/we…?
  • Shall we …?
  • How/What about…?
  • Why don’t you/we …?
  • Why not …?
  • Let’s …

Responding to suggestions

  • I was thinking exactly that myself.
  • Sounds good (to me).
  • OK, let’s do/try that.
  • Yes, let’s do that.
  • You’re right.
  • That’s a good idea.
  • It’s a good idea, but…
  • But what if…?
Expressing opinion
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