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How to give/ask for opinions
Some reporting verbs may appear in more than one of the following groups because they can be used in several ways.
VERBS FOLLOWED BY "IF" OR "WHETHER"
VERBS FOLLOWED BY A "THAT"
VERBS FOLLOWED BY EITHER "THAT" OR AN INFINITIVE WITH "TO"
VERBS FOLLOWED BY A "THAT" CLAUSE CONTAINING SHOULD, WHICH MAY BE OMITTED, LEAVING A SUBJECT + ZERO-INFINITIVE
VERBS FOLLOWED BY A CLAUSE STARTING WITH A QUESTION WORD
VERBS FOLLOWED BY OBJECT + INFINITIVE WITH "TO"
Linkings words and phrases (sentence connectors)
- First / firstly, second / secondly, third / thirdly etc
- Next, last, finally
- In addition, moreover
- Further / furthermore
- In conclusion
- To summarise
- As a result
- As a consequence (of)
- Due to
- In fact
- Particularly / in particular
- In addition / additionally / an additional
- As well as
- Because of
- For example
- For instance
- That is (ie)
- Such as
- Although / even though
- Despite / in spite of
- In contrast (to) / in comparison
- On the other hand
- On the contrary
- Just as
- Just like
- Similar to
- Same as
- compare(d) to / with
- Not only...but also
Asking for opinions
- What do you think … ?
- How do you feel about … ?
- In your opinion, … ?
- Please tell me your opinion on …
- What do you think about … ?
- What’s your opinion on …
- Do you believe that … ?
- Do you have an opinion on … ?
- In your experience, … ?
- In your honest opinion, … ?
- What’s your view on … ?
- Can you give me your thoughts on…?
- If I asked your opinion about … , what would you say?
- I’d like (to hear) your views on …
- What are your feelings about … ?
- What are your views on … ?
- What do you reckon?
- Any (initial) thoughts on … ?
- Do you have any particular views on...?
- From your point of view, … ?
- I’d be (very) interested in hearing your views on …
- What are your (first) thoughts on …?
- Would you support the view that …?
More advanced phrases:
- Am I justified in saying … ?
- Am I right in thinking … ?
- Any objections to the statement … ?
- Are you convinced by the argument that … ?
- Are you of the opinion that … ?
- I imagine you will have strong opinions on …
- I’d guess your view on this is …
- Is it in fact the case that … ?
- What reaction do you have to … ?
- What’s your take on … ?
- Would I be right in assuming that you think … ?
- Would I be right in saying … ?
- Would I/it be wrong to say … ?
- Would it be logical to say … ?
- Would you have any problems with the statement … ?
- Would … be a fair summary of your views on … ?
- Would … be out of the question?
- I (really) think that …
- I believe (that) …
- I’m sure that …
- In my opinion / My opinion is …
- I agree with …
- I guess/imagine …
- I have no doubt that / I’m certain that …
- I strongly believe that …
- I’ve never really thought about this before, but …
- My personal opinion is that / Personally, my opinion is that …
- To be honest / In my honest opinion, …
- As far as I know, …
- I agree with the opinion of …
- I could be wrong, but …
- I’d definitely say that …
- I’m absolutely certain that …
- I’m fairly confident that …
- It seems to me that …
- It’s a complicated issue, but …
- My (point of) view (on this) is …
- Without a doubt, …
- You probably won’t agree, but …
- After much thought, …
- After weighing up both sides of the argument, …
- Although I can see both points of view / Although I can understand the opposite point of view, …
- As I see it, …
- Correct me if I’m wrong, but …
- For me/ From my point of view, …
- Frankly, …
- I have come to the conclusion that..
- I reckon/suppose …
- I tend to think that …
- I'm (absolutely) convinced that …
- It could be said that …
- It seems clear to me that …
- It would seem to me that …
- My initial reaction is …
- To the best of my knowledge, …
- What I think is …
More advanced phrases:
- After giving this matter some (serious) thought, …
- As far as I'm concerned, …
- Having given this question due consideration, …
- I am of the opinion that …
- I can’t help thinking that …
- I tend towards the opinion that …
- I think it’s fair/reasonable to say …
- I’m entirely/quite convinced that …
- I’ve come the conclusion that …
- It could/might well be that …
- My view/position on this (issue) (is clear and) is that …
- Off the top of my head, …
- Quite frankly, …
- There is a part of me that says …
- This may be controversial, but …
- To my mind / To my way of thinking, ...
- To summarise my (rather complex) views on the matter, …
source: https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/fl-giving-opinions.htm, accessed 2017-04-10