Humans are made to both think and discuss, and it's important to know how to give your opinions and make points. This is a highly valued skill that is useful not only in general discussion but also in the workplace and at school.

In this article, you'll be introduced to both ways of asking for people's opinions as well as for giving your own. Let's get started and get ready to debate!

Asking for Somebody's Opinion

In this table we've collected several phrases for you that can be used to ask for someone else's opinion on something.
What do you think?
 
What are your thoughts on the educational reforms?
 
How do you see things?
 
Do you see what I'm getting at?
 
Do you know what I mean?
 
What is your opinion on climate change?
 
What is your stance on this?
 
What do you think about this argument?
 
Do you agree with me?
 
Don't you think that it's important to take care of the environment?
 
 

Giving Your Own Opinion

The phrases gathered in the table below are useful for making your own points and arguments. Use them as inspiration for giving your own opinions.
I think that we need to pay more attention to how we treat animals.
 
I believe that too many people are addicted to using their phones.
 
In my opinion, our society needs to value education more.
 
The main idea here is that we all need to be more conscious of how we treat the environment.
 
The point is we have to stop wasting water.
 
What I want to say is that fiction is better than non-fiction.
 
I want to emphasize that I have also experienced that.
 
I agree that it's important, but I think we should focus on something else instead.
 
I don't agree with you on this.
 
I tend to think that too much money is wasted on repairing the roads.
 
I think we can all agree on this.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases that I need to know in order to make a point?
  • What do you think?
  • What is your opinion on climate change?
  • I think that we need to pay more attention to how we treat animals.
  • In my opinion, our society needs to value education more.
  • What are your thoughts on the educational reforms?
  • What do you think about this argument?
  • I want to emphasize that I have also experienced that.
  • I don't agree with you on this.
How do I ask for somebody's opinion?
Here are a few ways you can ask for someone's opinion on something:

What are your thoughts on + TOPIC?
  • What are your thoughts on the educational reforms?
  • What are your thoughts on fossil fuels?
  • What are your thoughts on the election?


What is your opinion on + TOPIC?
  • What is your opinion on climate change?
  • What is your opinion on space travel?
  • What is your opinion on the candidate?


What do you think about + TOPIC?
  • What do you think about this argument?
  • What do you think about electric cars?
  • What do you think about Friday's for Future?
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How do I form an argument or point?
There are a couple of ways you can form an argument or point, including:

I think that + OPINION.
  • I think that we need to pay more attention to how we treat animals.
  • I think that we should invest more in schools.
  • I think that we should work towards peace.


I believe that + OPINION.
  • I believe that too many people are addicted to using their phones.
  • I believe that people need to be more open about mental illness.
  • I believe that we should be investing more in future generations.


In my opinion, + OPINION.
  • In my opinion, our society needs to value education more.
  • In my opinion, everyone needs to do more for the environment.
  • In my opinion, fiction is better than nonfiction.


The point is + OPINION.
  • The point is we have to stop wasting water.
  • The point is we need to defend the rainforest.
  • The point is we need better recycling systems.


I want to emphasize that + OPINION.
  • I want to emphasize that I have also experienced that.
  • I want to emphasize that we should always work for peace.
  • I want to emphasize that we do care about the current situation.
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