How to express your opinion in English and not repeat yourself

When we communicate with people, one way or another we always want to express our point of view in order to support the discussion or convince someone of something. How do you do it in English? Most likely you will say “I think ...”. Easy, isn’t it? Of course you will be right, but is this option the only correct one? Of course not, since English is unimaginably rich in synonyms. And if it seems to us that it is enough to learn one English equivalent for one Russian word, then we are deeply mistaken. Naturally, people will understand us, even if we only know the word “think”. But let's imagine how we will sound for foreigners and native speakers? I guess it would be appropriate to compare this with the speech of a small child who only learns the depths of his native language.

When we are going to express our opinion to others, it is important for us to understand what shade we want to give to our statement, and what its purpose is: to share information, to maintain a conversation, or to convince a person. Each of these goals can give your utterance a special additional lexical colour.

In order for you and me to sound like adult and educated people who have spent more than one evening in a good company of English, let's learn a list of similar phrases that will help you express your opinion:

  • I am not going to lie / I'm not gonna lie
  • In all honesty
  • In my view
  • If you ask me
  • As far as I can tell
  • To my mind
  • As far as I am concerned
  • The way I see it
  • As I see it
  • It seems to me that
  • I believe
  • I feel that
  • I would say
  • I consider (smth) to be
  • Frankly speaking 
  • From my point of view
  • It is my view that
  • I reckon
  • I honestly believe that
  • Honestly speaking
  • Apparently
  • I have heard that
  • According to my experience
  • I suppose that
  • I am definitely sure

Author: German Goryaynov

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