Opinions- Mistakes


Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Vocabulary
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Published: 17th Jul 2012

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012 

Opinions language Correct the mistakes 
In each section below there is one sentence that should be in a different section and one 
sentence that is grammatically incorrect. Correct the grammar mistakes and move the 
other sentences.   
Asking for opinions 
“Don’t you think that…?” 
“How do you feel about…?” 
“How do you think about…?” 
“What do you think?” 
“What’s your opinion on…?” 
Giving strong opinions 
“I really think that…” 
“I strongly believe that…” 
“I’m absolutely certain that…”   
“I’m convinced that…” 
“I’m positive that…”   
“In my honestly opinion,…” 
“It seems clear to me that…” 
“This may be controversial, but…” 
“I would definitely say that…” 
“To be perfectly frank,…” 
“To the best of my knowledge,…” 
“Without a doubt,…”   
Giving weak opinions 
“As far as I know,…” 
“I would guess that…” 
“I would imagine that…”   
“I’m not expert on this, but…”   
“I’ve never really thought about this before, but…” 
“If you ask me,…” 
“It might well be that…” 
“Off the top of my head,…” 
“There is a part of me that says…” 
“With a few reservations, I’d say that…” 
Other opinions phrases 
“If you want my opinion,…” 
“I’d say that…” 
“As far as I concerned,…”   
“From my point of view,…” 
“I believe…” 
“If I must come up with an opinion, I’d probably say that…” 
“The way I see it,…” 


Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012 

“I am in complete agreement” 
“I can see how you might think that” 
“I still have my doubts but…” 
“I suppose so” 
“I wholeheartedly agree” 
“Okay, you’ve convinced me” 
“That’s just what I think” 
“That’s just what I was going to say” 
“You took the words right out of my mouth” 
“Absolutely no” 
“I couldn’t agree with you more” 
“I find that very difficult to accept” 
“I think you might be forgetting…” 
“You could say that, but…” 


Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012 

Answer key 
Asking for opinions 
“Don’t you think that…?” – Usually used to disagree 
“How  do  you  think  about…?”  –  Should  be  “How  do  you  feel  about…?”  or  “What  do 
you think about


Giving strong opinions 
“In my honestly opinion,…” – Should be “In my honest opinion,…” 
“To the best of my knowledge,…” – This is used to give weak opinions 
Giving weak opinions 
“I’m  not  expert  on  this,  but…”  –  Should  be  “I’m  no  expert  on  this,  but…”  or  (less 
commonly) “I’m not an expert on this, but…” 
“If  you  ask  me,…”  –  This  is  not  necessarily  weak,  so  should  be  Other  Opinions 
Phrases below 
Other opinions phrases 
“As far as I concerned,…” – Should be “As far as I am concerned,…” 
“If I must come up with an opinion, I’d probably say that…” – This is a weak opinion 
“Agree” – Should be “I agree” or possibly “Agreed” 
“I can see how you might think that” – This is used to disagree 
“Absolutely no” – Should be “Absolutely not” 
“I couldn’t agree with you more” – This is used to agree (because it means I agree so 
much that more is impossible) 

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