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Business English Skill Set - Small Talk

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The most common construct for expressing our opinion is

I + think + (that) + opinion.

Affirmative examples:

I think that’s a great idea!

I think that they are going to love the new campaign.

We can make this negative by adding ‘don’t’. The second part of the sentence is always affirmative.

Negative examples:

I don’t think that’s a great idea.

I don’t think they are going to love the new campaign.

Some other expressions we can use are:

  • In my opinion…
  • The way I see it…
  • From my perspective…
  • I would say (that)…
  • I believe (that)…
  • It seems… (this expression distances the speaker from the opinion slightly, so be careful not to overuse it. It is similar to saying “it sounds like…”)


In my opinion, their first album was better.

The way I see it, the more work we do now, the more prepared we will be.

It seems the client was really interested in talking through the different options.

I wouldn’t say that there are a lot of options for vegetarian travellers there.

Expressing a lack of opinion

In some cases, you may not have a very strong opinion either way on a topic – that’s fine!

Here are some expressions which can be used to show uncertainty.

  • I’m on the fence about that.
  • I’m not sure about that.
  • I’m impartial.
  • I’m somewhere in the middle on that.
  • I’m afraid I don’t know much about that.
  • I haven’t really though about that before, but…

Note: Whilst it’s absolutely fine to express a lack of opinion, take care to come across as on the fence, rather than disinterested in the conversation.

After using these expressions you could do your best to make a comment despite your limited knowledge on the topic, or steer the topic round to something related that you’re able to talk a bit more fluently about.

Use of adverbs and adjectives

To demonstrate a strong or confident opinion on a topic, use an adverb or adjective.

Here are some examples:

  • I strongly/firmly believe…
  • I would definitely say that…
  • It certainly seems that…
  • In my honest opinion…
  • Personally, I think…