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Giving an opinion

It is very imporatnt to show people when you are saying an opinion and show that it is not a fact. Giving an opinion as a fact is not very polite in the UK.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing

  1. I reckon...
  2. I'd say...
  3. Personally, I think...
  4. What I reckon is...
  5. If you ask me...
  6. The way I see it...
  7. As far as I'm concerned...
  8. If you don't mind me saying...
  9. I'm utterly convinced that...
  10. In my humble opinion...

How To Use These Phrases In Your English

  1. We follow all the phrases with a sentence or clause that shows the speaker's opinion.
  2. Phrases 1 - 3 are really quite informal. You can use these phrases when you are discussing something with friends or people who you know well.
  3. In phrase 1, 'reckon' is a very common word in the UK today. It means 'I think' but British people use the word 'reckon' much more often than 'think'.
  4. Phrases 5, 6 and 7 are all quite polite and show clearly that the statement is only an opinion.
  5. Phrase 8 is more polite because it says to the other speaker that they might not agree with what you are saying.
  6. Phrase 9 shows a very strong opinion. The speaker has no doubt at all that it is true.
  7. Phrase 10 is the most polite expression of the ten. It is often written on the Internet as the abbreviatoin 'IMHO' or 'imho'.