Comments (stating Your Opinion)

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Reason
There are many real-life situations where you have to state your opinion, e.g. a friend asks you for advice, your boss wants to hear your opinion on a business matter. In English lessons, this is also a popular way of testing your English writing skills.

Preparation
Think about the topic first. What's your opinion? What arguments can you use to support your ideas?

Structure and Content
  • Introduction: defining the problem
    • Use the introduction to get the reader's attention and interest in the topic. Define the problem you are going to discuss and provide a short overview on what you think and why.
  • Opinion and Reasons
    • Give reasons for your opinion. Concentrate on one main point per paragraph. What to write exactly, depends on the task (see below)
  • Conclusion
    • Summarize the most important arguments that best support your opinion.
Important Tenses
  • Simple Present

Typical Tasks
  • Comment (stating your own opinion)
    • state your opinion and give examples and arguments that support your opinion
    • statement – reason – example
  • Compare
    • find common and distinct features
    • draw conclusions
  • Criticize
    • find advantages and disadvantages
  • comment on somebody's opinion (usually in a negative way)
  • Discuss
    • analyse all aspects of a problem (What is …? / Is it okay to …?)
    • weighing the pros and cons
  • Evaluate
    • analyse a problem
    • show advantages and disadvantages
  • Justify
    • support an opinion
    • show advantages
Word Lists
  • Opinion and Statements
  • Agreeing and Disagreeing
  • Conjunctions, Examples, Additions and Conclusion
 

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Word List on Comments
Stating your Opinion
  • It seems to me that ...
  • In my opinion, ...
  • I am of the opinion that .../ I take the view that ..
  • My personal view is that ...
  • In my experience ...
  • As far as I understand / can see, ...
  • As I see it, ... / From my point of view ...
  • As far as I know ... / From what I know ...
  • I might be wrong but ...
  • If I am not mistaken ...
  • I believe one can (safely) say ...
  • It is claimed that ...
  • I must admit that ...
  • I cannot deny that ...
  • I can imagine that ...
  • I think/believe/suppose ...
  • Personally, I think ...
  • That is why I think ...
  • I am sure/certain/convinced that ...
  • I am not sure/certain, but ...
  • I am not sure, because I don't know the situation exactly.
  • I am not convinced that ...
  • I have read that ...
  • I am of mixed opinions (about / on) ...
  • I am of mixed opinions about / on this.
  • I have no opinion in this matter.
Outlining Facts
  • The fact is that
  • The (main) point is that ...
  • This proves that ...
  • What it comes down to is that ...
  • It is obvious that ...
  • It is certain that ...
  • One can say that ...
  • It is clear that ...
  • There is no doubt that ...
 

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Agreement
  • There are many reasons for ...
  • There is no doubt about it that ...
  • I simply must agree with that.
  • I am of the same opinion.
  • I am of the same opinion as the author.
  • I completely/absolutely agree with the author.
Qualified Disagreement
  • It is only partly true that...
  • I can agree with that only with reservations.
  • That seems obvious, but ...
  • That is not necessarily so.
  • It is not as simple as it seems.
  • Under certain circumstances ...
Disagreement
  • There is more to it than that.
  • The problem is that ...
  • I (very much) doubt whether ...
  • This is in complete contradiction to ...
  • What is even worse, ...
  • I am of a different opinion because ...
  • I cannot share this / that / the view.
  • I cannot agree with this idea.
  • What I object to is ...
  • Unlike the author I think ...
 

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Word List on Comments
Linking Arguments
  • First of all, I think ...
  • Not only that, but I also think that ...
  • Not only are they ..., they are also ...
  • They are not ..., nor are they ...
  • There are various/several/many reasons for this.
  • First, ... / Firstly, ...
  • Second, ... / Secondly, ...
  • Moreover, ... / Furthermore, ... / In addition, ...
  • Another significant point is that ...
  • Finally, ...
  • On the one hand, ... On the other hand, ...
  • In contrast to this is ...
  • Because of ...
  • That is why ...
  • After all, ...
  • The reason is that ...
  • In that respect ...
  • The result of this is that ...
  • Another aspect/point is that ...
  • It is because ...
  • Although it is true that ... it would be wrong to claim that ...
  • That may sometimes be true, but ...
  • One could argue that ..., but ...
Providing Examples
  • Take for example (the case of) ...
  • Look at ...
  • For instance ... / For example ...
  • Let me give you an example.
Additions and Conclusion
  • Most probably ...
  • It appears to be ...
  • It is important to mention that...
  • As I already indicated ...
  • In other words, ...
  • I am most concerned about ...
  • I should like to repeat once again that ...
  • I should like to emphasise that ...
  • I would (just) like to add ...
  • So all in all I believe that...
  • (In) summing up it can be said that ...
  • Weighing the pros and cons, I come to the conclusion that ...
 
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