Asking for and expressing opinions

Asking for and expressing one’s opinion is a frequent topic of discussion in many conversations. Just about everyone has an opinion about most things.
 
We seek people’s opinions all the time. You may want to know a friend’s opinion of a resort that you are thinking of going to. A teacher may ask you your opinion of a homework assignment. A co-worker who us planning a business trip may want to know what you think of the service of a particular airline. An acquaintance may seek your opinion on a political candidate.
 
There are several expressions that can be used when asking someone’s opinion. Look at the examples below. After an opinion is given, either you agree with it or not. Look at the expressions below to indicate agreement or disagreement.

Expressions Used for Agreeing and Disagreeing
 
    Opinion: I think Steven King’s books are great.
    Agree: I think so too.
    Disagree: I don’t, I think some are very strange.
    Opinion: The company needs to cut costs to remain competetive.
    Agree: You’re right about that.
    Disagree: I don’t think so, I think they need to do more advertising.
    Opinion: The mandatory prison terms law helps reduce crime.
    Agree: I believe so too.
    Disagree: I disagree, I think the law has no effect on crime.
    Opinion: The Beatles was the greatest rock and roll band of the 1960’s.
    Agree: I agree.
    Disagree: No way, the Rolling Stone were much better.

Practice Activities

Find a partner and practice using English expressions for asking for opinions. Use the suggestions below in your conversation.

Your countries president
The movie “Gone with the Wind”
The acting skills of Tom Hanks
The singer Elvis Presley

Other Links for Opinions
XX Agreeing with an Opinions
XX Expressing different points of view

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for
expressing opinions take a look at:

Conversation Made Easy     OR     Talk, Talk, Talk

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