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How to give an opinion in English

In this class, you’ll learn how to give an opinion in English.

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Knowing how to give an opinion in English is a useful skill. It allows you to participate in conversations, and tell people what you think of things. In this lesson, we’ll teach you how to give an opinion. Then, you can listen to a conversation so you can hear the target language in action!

Giving an opinion

  • In my opinion, there are too many of them.
  • I think it’s the right choice to make.
  • As far I’m concerned, it’s the best option.
  • It’s clear that this is the right thing to do.

Giving a strong opinion

  • I’m in favour of abolishing it.
  • I’m firmly against it.
  • I’m 100% certain that it’s right.
  • There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the best one.
  • I honestly believe that they’re better than the rest.
  • I’m absolutely convinced that it’s the right decision

Not so strong opinions!

  • I suppose it’s the best option.
  • I guess it’s what we should do.
  • It sort of depends on the way you look at it.
  • There’s probably a good argument for it.
  • Looking at it from their perspective, I’d say that it’s a good idea.

Adverbs of opinion!

  • Personally, I don’t agree with it.
  • Clearly, it isn’t the best way to do it.
  • Surely, it’s the answer to all our problems.
  • Fortunately, they didn’t ask us about it.
  • Undoubtedly, this was the best outcome.

Not giving an opinion!

  • I really couldn’t say.
  • I haven’t really given it much thought.
  • I don’t have any feelings either way.
  • I don’t really mind either way.
  • I don’t care.
  • You’re asking the wrong person – it doesn’t really affect me either way.
  • To be honest, it isn’t really an issue for me.

You’re going to listen to a conversation.

Harriet is asking Oscar for his opinions on a few things.

How would you answer the following questions. Think and make notes.

What’s your opinion?

  1. Should people under the age of 18 be allowed to drive?
  2. Would you consider sending your child to a private school?
  3. Do you think state employees should be allowed to go on strike?
  4. What do you think of the use of animals in circuses?
  5. Would you rather send your child to a mixed or single-sex school?

Now, listen to the conversation. What does the speaker say about these things?

Here are the answers.

  1. Should people under the age of 18 be allowed to drive?

Oscar doesn’t think they are mature enough to drive.

  1. Would you consider sending your child to a private school?

It isn’t an issue for him because the state schools are good where he lives.

  1. Do you think state employees should be allowed to go on strike?

He thinks certain professions shouldn’t be allowed to go on strike.

  1. What do you think of the use of animals in circuses?

He thinks they should ban the use of animals in circuses.

  1. Would you rather send your child to a mixed or single-sex school?

He says it depends on the type of school.

Now listen and read the script from the video at the same time.

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