Expressing Your Opinion American Pragmatics and Culture Spring 2012 Ms. Candice Quiñones
Expressing Opinion Opinion- how an individual feels about something.*Note: An opinion may contain or be based on facts, but an opinion should never be stated as a fact.
Expressing Personal Opinions • Start with a phrase like: • In my experience… • As far as Im concerned… • Speaking for myself… • In my opinion… • Personally, I think… • Id say that… • Id suggest that… • Id like to point out that… • I believe that… • What I mean is…http://www.vocabulary.cl/Lists/Opinions.htm
Expressing Personal Opinions• State your opinion • Ex. “I think that the library should be open longer.”• Then, provide reasons and evidence to support your opinion. • Examples: • “It closes at 8 pm, and I am usually studying until 10 pm, which means I have to find a new place to go.” • “It is inconvenient to have to interrupt my studying.”
Expressing General Opinion • To express general points of view, start with: • It is thought that... • Some people say that... • It is considered... • It is generally accepted that...http://www.vocabulary.cl/Lists/Opinions.htm
Expressing General Opinion• Then, make the opinion clear, in statement form. • Ex. “Many people say that he is a bad leader.”• Then, provide reasons and details to support the opinion. • Examples: • “He is a poor public speaker.” • “He has made our relationships worse, not better.”
Responding To Opinion• You can agree or disagree.
Agreeing with an Opinion • Of course. • Id go along with that. • Youre absolutely right. • Thats true. • Yes, I agree. • Neither do I. • I think so too. • I agree with you entirely. • Thats a good point. • Thats just what I was thinking. • Exactly. • I couldnt agree more. • I dont think so either. • So do I.http://www.vocabulary.cl/Lists/Opinions.htm
Disagreeing with an Opinion • Thats different. at all. • I dont agree with you. • Im afraid I have to disagree. • However… • Im not so sure about • Thats not entirely true. that. • On the contrary… • I must take issue with • Im sorry to disagree with you on that. you, but… • Its unjustifiable to say • Yes, but dont you that... think…http://www.vocabulary.cl/Lists/Opinions.htm • Thats not the same thing
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