It is very important that you practise giving opinions before your speaking test. 

Questions in Part One and Part Three of the test often ask about your likes/dislikes, opinions about issues, or give you an opinion and ask whether you agree or disagree.

Here are some ways you can show the examiner you are giving an opinion:

Easiest first:

The easiest way is to say:

I think that + CLAUSE

Don't use this too often! This is the most common and easiest way! It is also easy to make a mistake with pronunciation! Not recommended!

Continue reading for more interesting ways to give your opinion...

Try to use a range of ALTERNATIVES:

  • I believe that + CLAUSE 
  • I feel that + CLAUSE

If you are LESS SURE, say:

  • I suppose that + CLAUSE
  • I suspect that + CLAUSE
  • I guess that + CLAUSE    (this one is quite informal)

Try not to get the following phrases mixed up!

  • In my opinion,        (remember OPINION is singular)
  • In my view,             (remember IN + VIEW)

  • From my perspective,    (FROM + PERSPECTIVE)
  • From my point of view,   (FROM + POINT OF VIEW)

  • As far as I'm concerned,
  • As far as I know,            (NOT "as I know...")

Use ADVERBS at the start of your sentence to show personal, honest or general opinions:
  • Personally (speaking), I believe that...
  • Honestly/Frankly (speaking), I feel that...          + CLAUSE
  • Generally (speaking), I suppose that...

If you don't have an OPINION, don't worry! You can say you don't have an opinion (and then try to give your best answer):

  • I'm afraid I have never thought about that before, but I suppose... + CLAUSE
  • I suppose I would say that... + CLAUSE
  • I'm not really sure, but I guess... + CLAUSE

Some questions might ask if you think something is true or not. You can say:

  • I agree/disagree WITH + NOUN (you/ this idea / this opinion)
  • I agree/disagree THAT + CLAUSE

Or simply answer YES or NO.
  • Yes, I think that's true.
  • No, I don't think so.

You can also agree or disagree using adverbs:
  • Certainly.    / Certainly not.
  • Absolutely. / Absolutely not.
  • Definitely. /Definitely not.
Remember to follow up by explaining and giving examples/reasons for your opinion!


Practice Task:

Try answering these questions by using the different methods for giving an opinion:

  1. What is your favourite food?
  2. Why do you think children like to play computer games?
  3. Do you think air pollution is a serious problem?
  4. Some people think learning a second language is important. Do you think that is true?
  5. Do you agree that there are too many adverts on TV nowadays?