Expressing one’s opinion:
I think (that)/ I thought (that)
I believe (that)
I feel (that) ( more emotional)
I consider (that) ( formal, semi- formal)
In my opinion / To my mind ( emphatic)
If you ask me (colloquial)
As for me...(col)
Asking somebody’s opinion
What do you think of/ about...?
What do you feel about...?
What is your opinion of/ about...?
Esperanto as a World Language
Adrian: What do you think about Esperanto?
Philip: I don’t believe it will ever become a world language.
A: Why? Lots of people are learning it.
P: Not compared to those who are learning «real» languages. It’s too artificial.
A: You’ve got a point there. But on the other hand, it’s much easier to learn than other languages, much more systematic.
P: That’s certainly an advantage, of course, but there’s no incentive to learn it as long as so few people speak it. You can’t use it at international conferences, for example.
A: I think it should be taught at schools.
P: Do you really? In my opinion there are quite enough subjects on the school curriculum already.
Alan: I think Irish Murdoch is one of the best modern English novelists.
Bob: So do I. Her books are really fascinating.
Joy: They’re certainly clever, but I find them too far-fetched. I mean the plots.
Bob: But she doesn’t try to be realistic. In my opinion the plots are brilliantly constructed. And the characters are always interesting.
Alan: I agree.
Joy: But they are so strange, not at all like real people.
Bob: They aren’t supposed to be realistic. Besides, there’s a lot of symbolism in her books.
Joy: If you ask me, most of it is just pretentious rubbish.
Alan: Well, you are quite entitled to your own opinion, but I still think she is a very good writer.
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