Opinion vocabulary

Expressing opinions is an essential language function that all students need to learn.  Help your students state their ideas with confidence with these common and not-so-common phrases below.

Ways to express your opinion

In my opinion…

I think, I believe…

I am in favour of…

I feel that…

I reckon… (informal)

‘I reckon that electric cars will become more popular in the coming years as the price of petrol rises.’

To be for/ against something.

‘She is against animal cruelty.’

Expressing your opinion in academic writing

In my view…

It seems to be that…

I would argue that…

Expressing your honest opinion

Frankly.

Truthfully.

To be honest.

To tell the truth.

‘To tell the truth, I don’t like sushi. I just eat it because all my friends like going to Japanese restaurants.’

Expressing how the situation affects you

Personally speaking.

From my point of view.

As far as I’m concerned.

‘As far as I’m concerned, the CEO can do what she wants. I’m retiring next year.’

Agreeing and disagreeing

To agree/ disagree (verbs).

‘I agree that climate change is a serious issue.’

To be right/ that’s right.

‘That’s right, we’re having another election this year.’

 To come to an agreement.

‘The politicians came to an agreement about the amendment to the law.’

The argument does not hold water – a way to say you think a person’s reasoning is bad.

‘The argument that climate change isn’t happening doesn’t hold water. There is more and more evidence every year.’

Let’s compromise – when two parties find a middle ground.

Let’s agree to disagree – a phrase when two parties cannot come to an agreement but respect each other’s views.

‘Let’s agree to disagree: you think Juventus is the best team in Italy, while I think it’s SSC Napoli.’

Expressing advantages and disadvantages of an argument or task.

The advantages and disadvantages

The pros and cons.

‘Explain to me the pros and cons of having a diesel car.’

The upside (s) and the downside (s).

‘The upside of having a diesel is that it is very efficient with fuel. The downside is that it’s worse for the environment.’

The drawback(s) – the disadvantage.

‘A major drawback of having a credit card is that you can easily go into debt.’

Explaining your reasons

Due to + noun

‘The house was badly damaged due to the storm.’

Due to the fact + verb

‘The house was badly damaged due to the fact there was a storm.’

Since / as + verb

‘Since it’s raining, shall we stay in and have some coffee?’

Thanks to + noun (only for positive results).

‘Thanks to new funding, the school was able to build a new gym.’

Therefore + verb

‘We’re saving for a deposit for a house; therefore, we can’t afford a holiday this year.’

When you’re not sure of the facts

From the look of things…

It is understood that…

As far as I know…

‘As far as I know, there are European elections every four years.’

In theory…

To my knowledge…

‘To my knowledge, it was the ancient Greeks who first invented the idea of democracy.’

Giving examples

Especially.

Particularly.

Specifically.

Let me give you an example.

For instance.

‘There are many difficult mountains to climb in Europe. For instance, what about Monte Bianco?’

Such as.

‘He has written articles about many industries in his career, such as finance, IT, medicine and manufacturing.’

Referencing a source

Regarding, concerning.

‘Regarding your report, there were lots of good points but you didn’t go into much detail.’

In relation to.

Namely.

According to.

‘According to the latest figures, Netflix is the world’s most popular streaming service.’

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