Opinions, agreeing and disagreeing

Asking someone for their opinion

What do you think of his new book?
How do you feel about working with the others?
What are your feelings (pi) about the change in the timetable?
What’s your honest opinion of that painting?

Giving your opinion

I think Charles had the best idea.
I don’t_think he knew very much about the subject.
Personally, I think his first book is terrible.
In my opinion we should sell the old car and buy a new one.
As far as T’m. concerned the whole evening was a waste of time.

Note:

• If you want to say something isn’t a good idea you make ‘think’ negative:
I don’t think it’s a good idea, [not I think it’s not a good idea.]
• Personally and As far as I’m concerned are more common in spoken English.
• As far as I’m concerned can mean, ‘this is my opinion and I don’t care what others think’.

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Giving the opinion of others

According to one of the journalists on television (= in the opinion of this journalist), the Prime Minister knew nothing about it.
The newspapervsays that the Prime Minister knew weeks ago. (Note: we still use the verb say when referring to a written opinion)

Agreeing with someone

We often agree by continuing with the same opinion or adding to it.

A: I think we should concentrate on this one project.
B: Yes, it’s better to do one thing well than two things badly.
But if we want to make it clear we agree, we can use these expressions:
Yes, I agree (with you). (Note: agree is a verb in English, [not I am agree])
Yes, I think you’re right.

Disagreeing with someone

It is very common in English to begin with a short expression of agreement, and then give a different opinion. Here are some expressions used to introduce the disagreement:

Note: When we want to disagree but not completely, we can use these phrases:

Yes, I partly agree (with you), but …
I agree to some extent / a certain extent, but …