expressing opinion in english

65 Useful Phrases for Expressing Opinions in English

You have lots of wonderful opinions, but you don’t know how to say them?

That’s got to change. After all, an opinion is a personal belief based on your thoughts, feelings and experiences. It’s your individual perspective—your unique view of the world. Because of this, stating your opinion is an important skill to have in English.

In this post, I’m going to teach you exactly how to express your opinion, make your opinion stronger, explain your opinion, conclude your opinion and lastly, ask someone else about their opinion. And I’ll include a list of useful English phrases to use to accomplish these goals.


Phrases for Expressing Your Opinion

Expressing your opinion is important, especially with friends and colleagues. To do so easily, check out this list of functional phrases:

This phrase is slightly formal and is used more in writing or debating.

This is formal and is usually reserved for professional settings.

This phrase is good for expressing a very long held belief.

This is a good casual phrase to use with friends and family.

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This phrase can be used for larger opinions, say, your feelings on marriage or some other big issue.

This is a good phrase to use to clarify your opinion further.

Making your statement stronger

You can make your opinion statement stronger by adding adverbs such as: really, truly, strongly, absolutely, completely, utterly, totally, unquestionably, certainly, fully, unarguably and decidedly.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • I truly believe that the American Dream is at risk.
  • I feel strongly that all men deserve universal healthcare.
  • I really like this movie.

Phrases For Agreeing With Someone’s Opinion

Sometimes, two or more people have the same opinion. In such cases, this is how you express your agreement with them.

Phrases for Disagreeing With Someone’s Opinion

There may be situations when you disagree with someone on certain topics.

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That’s when you have to politely express your disagreement while avoiding an argument or fight.

You have to make the listener realize that while you heard and understood what they said, you don’t agree and have a different opinion.

This last funny phrase means that you feel that you and the person you’re talking to are never going to agree on this issue, so you decide to move on to another subject. You’re agreeing that you disagree on the issue. It’s a good phrase to use to avoid an argument.

Phrases for Explaining Your Opinion

In several situations, such as in meetings and group discussions, we’re asked to explain our opinions. There are many ways of doing this.

We can simply state or list our reasons (firstly, secondly, thirdly) in a certain way, like in this example:

Firstly, horror movies are scary. Secondly, I don’t believe in ghosts. Thirdly, I can’t sleep after watching scary movies!

You can also use conjunctions (such as because) or other connecting words and phrases to explain thoughts in a logical manner.

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Phrases for Concluding Your Opinion

After you’ve stated an opinion, you may want to conclude the topic.

You can do that using these phrases:

Asking a question is a great way to wrap up your own argument.

Asking for Someone’s Opinion

It’s important to ask others’ opinions, too.

You can use these handy phrases to easily do that:

Tips for Expressing Your Opinion in English

Before diving into common phrases, here are some tips that’ll help you express your opinion in English as well as improve your speaking and writing skills.

  • Keep a diary to talk about your feelings/opinions. Make it a point to write in your diary every day. You can write about what you did that day, your likes and dislikes or use specific prompts to give you ideas.
  • Practice listening to other people’s opinions through videos. By watching how other people express their opinions, you’re able to learn different phrases and words to include in your own to better formulate your thoughts.

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  • Watch an English movie and write about it. You can talk about what you liked and disliked about the movie in your diary!
  • Pick a topic and try talking about it. You can practice expressing your opinion by choosing a topic, setting a timer and speaking about it in front of the mirror. Notice your tone and body language. You can also have discussions or “debates” with your friends. A debate is two or more people agreeing or disagreeing with a topic. You can also find online language partners on apps like HelloTalk or Tandem.


Well, I hope that made the art of expressing your opinions in English much easier and clearer than before!

You can always follow the three-step guide and practice the common phrases we use when sharing our thoughts and beliefs.

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Of course, you’ll make mistakes and that’s an important part of learning. So get some practice, be sincere and try your best. Before you know it, you’ll be a confident and fluent English speaker!

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