Giving Opinions


(An article originally published on ‘Koran SINDO’ daily newspaper http://nasbat-english.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/giving-opinions.jpg; adapted a bit)

In this edition we will feature one important language function in today’s communication of topics and ideas (TCTI). It is simply called ‘giving opinions’. It is important because in TCTI we do not only use English to socialize, but we also utilize it more to express ourselves talking and giving opinions about various topics at hand to others to listen to, believe, and accept—ultimately.

If you see people around you giving opinions, you may see that they give their ideas fluently. But, in many cases, actually there are things desired to be fixed. This is what we will discuss now. That is, there are steps recommended to go through when giving an opinion about something; they are as follows:

First, begin appropriately with any of the following starting expressions:

I think

I believe

I guess

In my opinion

To the best of my knowledge

If you ask me, I’ll have to say

I am of the opinion that

You may disagree with me on this one, but (I think)

My opinion on the issue is that

This is what I have to say

Second, directly give your opinion about the topic under discussion. Put it in a complete sentence or complete sentences. Say as much as you need, not want. One important note here is that a good opinion is made open for further clarification, explanation, or reasoning from you to render. To ensure this, use strong words or expressions; in the following examples, they are bold-typed for your own analysis:

It is foolish for us to have to always change our handphone whenever a new variant enters the market.

Students should never be allowed to take their smartphones with them to the classroom.

Indonesia is still the most resourceful country in the world.

For teenagers, the habit of smoking brings nothing but misery.

Bandung Mayor’s ‘Kamis Inggris’ Program is an absolute must for his city government employees.

Third, clarify, explain, or reason for what you argue in your opinion. Focus on the bold-typed words or expressions above to elaborate. Wrap it in a complete sentence or complete sentences. Say as much as necessary. Respectively,

We will only become victims to the phone companies’ intention of wanting us to always buy their new variants.

Smartphones will only distract them from learning; they will not focus on their study.

We have all we need in this country without having to turn too much to other countries.

Teenagers will suffer from all the bad consequences of addiction, money wasting, and health problems.

It will give the employees not only an ability to deal with English-speaking citizens or guests but also a chance to advance their study and career.

Now you can put them together. Use conjunction because when deemed necessary. Respectively,

I think it is foolish for us to have to always change our handphone whenever a new variant enters the market because that way we will only become victims to the phone companies’ intention of wanting us to always buy their new variants.

I believe students should never be allowed to take their smartphones with them to the classroom. Smartphones will only distract them from learning; they will not focus on their study.

I am of the opinion that Indonesia is still the most resourceful country in the world. We have all we need in this country without having to turn too much to other countries.

If you ask me, I’ll have to say that for teenagers the habit of smoking brings nothing but misery. They will suffer from all the bad consequences of addiction, money wasting, and health problems.

You may disagree with me on this one, but I think Bandung Mayor’s ‘Kamis Inggris’ Program is an absolute must for his city government employees. It will give them not only an ability to deal with English-speaking citizens or guests but also a chance to advance their study and career.

Now try giving your own opinion about a you yourself-chosen topic 🙂

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