The communication between people (and in the business world in particular) is very important to be able to express their opinion. And, of course, important to know how to do it properly in English. This is where the problems begin. Just because it is very important to express their views so as not to offend anyone, but rather to interest interlocutor.
Before you start to express their opinion, first of all, you need to ask yourself what you think and feel in relation to any situation or conversation. Relax before start to clothe their thoughts into words, and start giving the other party the full confidence that you understand the situation, and she is deeply you care about.
Special emotional power will give expressions such as «Would you mind if I share my opinion with you?», «I feel that it is really important that we discuss this because it means a lot to me.», «I need to share with you» . («Do you mind if I share your opinion?» «I feel that it is important to discuss this with you, because for me it means a lot.» «I need to share with you.»).
In the future, expressing their thoughts will help us and a few turns of phrases that you can use, the opinion of the person or interested in expressing his.
The most common of them: in my opinion / view (in my opinion), I think / believe / reckon (I believe, I believe), I guess (I think, I think), I suppose (I think, I think) and so forth.
We express our opinion neutral
For this you keep the following phrase: I think / reckon / guess / feel, and in my view / opinion. They give the statement a neutral shade and do not sound so categorically.
I think it is better to recalculate our prices. — I think it is better to convert our prices.
I really feel it is a brilliant idea. — I really think this is a great idea.
I guess / reckon this advertising campaign will be very successful. — I believe that this campaign will be quite successful.
In my view / opinion, the delivery terms suggested should be reconsidered. — In my opinion, the recommended delivery conditions should be reconsidered.
We express firm opinions
I’m sure that our department needs another employee. — I am sure that our department needs another employee.
I’m absolutely convinced that this solution is the best. — I am absolutely sure that this is — the best solution.
I have no doubt that a department head should spend a lot of time planning how to improve team’s performance. — There is no doubt that the head of department must spend a lot of time planning how to improve the team’s performance.
I strongly believe that it is very important to keep track on modern trends in marketing. — I am firmly convinced that it is important to keep abreast of current trends in marketing.
Some other words and expressions
More or less (more or less), at least (at least), so to speak (so to speak, sort of) and kind / sort of (in some way, in part) can be used in terms of incomplete confidence your opinion or order to soften your point of view and not to upset the interlocutor. With the same purpose, use the really (really, really) and the well (Well, so, really).
This idea is more or less reasonable. — This idea is more or less rational.
Your report is not complete, but at least it is a good start. — Your report is not complete, but at least it is — a good start.
Mr. Black is a very good person, but he is not a strong leader so to speak. — Mr. Black — a very good man, but not a strong leader, so to speak.
We are sort of pessimistic about this company’s success in the market. — We are to some degree manifest pessimism about the success of the company in the market.
In order to clarify the opinion or correct myself, I use I mean (I mean), and rather (more precisely, better rather).
Let’s have our meeting at 7 pm I mean at 7.30. — Let’s meet at 7pm. I mean, at 7:30.
I think our train starts at 9 am — or rather at 10 am — I think our train leaves at 9 am, more precisely, at 10 am.
I suppose (I think, I think) is used for the neutral questions or answers.
I suppose you are happy with these contract terms? — I think you are happy with these terms and conditions of the contract?
Can you give me our HR department’s number, please? I suppose so. — Can you give me the phone number of our personnel department, please? — I think so.
Widely used the phrase I am afraid (that) (I’m afraid (that)). It is used to a polite refusal or report bad news.
I am afraid our company is unable to solve this issue. — I’m afraid that we are not able to resolve this issue.
I am afraid I do not know what this definition means. — I’m afraid I do not know what it is to this definition.
According to (according to, according to) and the expression of your opinion
This phrase is not normally used when we express our opinion. Instead, we’re talking in my opinion (in my opinion, I believe).
In my opinion, signing this agreement is a big mistake. (NOT According to me, …) — I believe that the signing of this agreement is a big mistake.
We asked the opinion of others
For this purpose, we will help the following questions:
- What’s your opinion? (What is your opinion?)
- How do you see the situation? (How do you see the situation?)
- What do you think? (What do you think?)
And here are some phrases and examples of their use-related opinions:
|Phrase||Example of use||Interpretation in English|
| To take / adopt a stance
(take a position)
| We believe it is important to take a principled stance towards this project development.
(We believe that we should take a principled stand on the development of this project.)
|To take a position|
| To hold views
(adhere to the views / opinions, to have an opinion)
| Our boss holds very liberal views.
(Our head adheres to a very liberal views).
|To have an opinion|
| To change / shift your position
(change their minds)
| Monica was totally against this candidate at the beginning, but then she has slightly shifted her position.
(Monica was totally against the candidate at the beginning, but then she changed her mind a little bit).
|To change your point of view|
| To encounter prejudice
(faced with preconceived notions, prejudices)
| As a rebellious young woman of the 19th century, she encountered a certain amount of prejudice in society.
(Being a rebellious young woman of the 19th century. She was faced with a certain degree of prejudice in society).
|Experience unreasonable negative behaviour|
| The principles underlying
| ‘Treat others as you would like them to treat you’ is a principle underlying morality.
(«Treat people the way you want them to treat you» — the fundamental principle of morality.)
|Basic idea lying behind|
| To have ethical objections to
(have ethical objections to …)
| The majority of jury had ethical objections to this case.
(The jury had ethical objections to this case).
|To dislike for reasons relating to morality|
| Deep-rooted prejudice
(a deep-seated bias)
| Sara does not share her mother’s deep-rooted prejudices against men.
(Sarah does not share the deep-rooted prejudices of his mother against men).
|Strong, unreasonably negative views|
Well, well, now you’ve learned or remembered a number of phrases that will help you masterfully to express their opinions in English. Do not be afraid to express it. Now you can do it with ease. Be of good cheer!