Asking and Giving Opinions – Agreeing and Disagreeing in English


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Expression of asking and giving opinion.

1. Giving Opinions:

  • As far as I’m concerned …
  • In my opinion … In my view …
  • From my point of view …
  • The way I see it is (that) …
  • To my mind …
  • Well, I reckon (that) …
  • I (strongly) believe (that) …
  • I (honestly) think (that) …
  • I (really) feel (that) …
  • Personally speaking, I believe …
  • As for me, I reckon …

2. Asking Opinions:

  • What do you think/reckon?
  • do you see what I’m getting at?
  • Do you know/see what I mean?
  • Do you agree with me?
  • Would you go along with that?
  • Would you agree with me that … ?
  • What are your thoughts on that?
  • Don’t you think (that) … ?

3. Agreeing:

  • I (totally) agree with you / that.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • I’d go along with that.
  • I feel the same.
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely / Definitely / Exactly.
  • No doubt about it.
  • That’s a good point. / I see your point.
  • I see where you’re coming from.

4. Disagreeing:

  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I don’t agree with you / that.
  • I’d be inclined to disagree.
  • That’s not the way I see it.
  • I don’t think so. / I don’t feel the same.

5. Partly agreeing:

  • I see your point but …
  • I kind of agree with you / that.
  • I agree with you to an extent, however, …
  • You make a good point, but …




Asking for and expressing opinions is something we frequently do in every day English. We will need to ask and give opinions in formal situations such as in business, in writing, both academic and informal texts, and in informal speaking.

Example:

  • It seems to me that the government should reduce trade tariffs. (Formal)
  • What do you reckon to these shoes? (Informal)

Giving opinions can be weak or strong:

Weak

  • I think….
  • I don’t think…
  • I’m fairly certain that….
  • I’m quite certain that….
  • I would have thought that….

Medium

  • I believe….
  • I don’t doubt that….
  • I feel certain that…
  • My impression is that….
  • As I see it..
  • It seems to me that…
  • It strikes me that…..

Strong

  • I’m absolutely certain that….
  • I’m convinced that….
  • I strongly believe that…

Examples:

  • I think it’s a good movie
  • I don’t doubt that smoking is bad for you
  • I’m convinced that it’s the best decision we could make for the company

Asking for an opinion:

  • What do you think about this brand, Tom?
  • What do you reckon to these shoes, Pam?
  • Mum, how do you feel about buying me a new smart phone?
  • What do you think about this?
  • Do you have any strong feelings on this, John?
  • Any comments, anybody?
  • What are your views on nuclear power?

Giving reasons:

Sometimes when we give opinions we may want to give a reason.

  • Firstly…
  • Secondly….
  • One reason is….
  • Another is….
  • To start with….
  • Added to that….
  • For one thing….

Example:

  • It seems to me that weak gun laws lead to more crime. For one thing, it’s too easy to get a weapon these days.

Interrupting:

Sometimes, if we are exchanging opinions with other people we may want to interrupt them politely.

  • Excuse me. Can I just say….?
  • Could I come in here…?
  • Sorry to interrupt but….
  • Yes, but….

Stopping someone from interrupting you:

  • If you’d let me finish…
  • Just a minute…
  • Hang on…(informal)

Try to use some of the language to ask for and give opinions. Choose any topic such as: energy conservation, obesity in the West, marriage, the price of branded sports shoes, the dangers of the internet for children, the best Star Wars film etc.Practise with a friend or write out some dialogues like this:

A: What do you think about marriage?

B: I don’t think it’s for everyone. To start with, the cost of a wedding these days is ridiculous!

A: Well, I don’t doubt that but I believe it’s better for society and…

B: Sorry to interrupt but, as I see it, marriage only leads to divorce!

A: Oh…!

A:Ok, so as you know we have a deadline to get this work finished. How do you feel about staying late tonight?

A: Any comments, Peter, Anne?

B: Well, it seems to me that we don’t have a choice.

C: I feel sure that if we get our heads down, we can finish by 6pm.

Writing letters or send emails expressing our opinions about something:

Dear Mr Smith,

I am writing to express my concern about the proposed closure of the village bus route.

I strongly believe that taking away our local bus will have serious consequences for the people who live here. To start with, many elderly residents will be unable to get to the shops and added to that, people will be more isolated than ever.

I would like to know what your reaction is to this situation,

Yours sincerely,

Jane Brown.

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