HKDSE English Language Speaking Booster (2020-07-28)
• Asking for an opinion
o How do you feel about (the new highway they're building near your home)?
o What is your view on (womens' rights)?
o What do you think about (Dad's new haircut)?
o What do you think of (the new tax bill)?
o What's your opinion on (the IMF bailout)?
o What's your opinion of (Joe)?
o How do you feel about (Dan's promotion)?
o What's your view on (women's rights)?
o What do you think?
o What do you think about (the Asian financial crisis)?
o What about (men's rights)?
o The (spaghetti) is pretty terrible, isn't it?
o What is your reaction to (Clinton's testimony)?
o Do you have any opinion on (the new copyright laws)?
o What would you say to (going out on Sunday night)?
o How would you react to (my asking you to marry you)?
• Giving your opinion
o As I see it, (life is too short to spend a lot of time worrying).
o In my opinion, (they should leave Clinton alone).
o Personally, I feel that (that hat is too big).
o Personally, I believe that (our children will live in a better world).
o It seems to me that (people around here drive a little too fast).
o The way I see it, (we shouldn't really worry whether the world is round).
o From my point of view, (her actions have been deplorable.).
o If you ask me, (he should apologize).
o I'd say (we could all do with a little rest).
o I'm convinced that (if you persevere you will succeed no matter what the obstacles).
o I'm of the opinion that (children should be seen but not heard).
o It's my opinion that (the West is a civilization in decline).
o I hold the view that (men and women are created equal).
o Personally, I consider (Sue's comment to be completely out-of-line).
o It's my considered opinion that (he'll make a come-back).
o To be quite frank, (you should change the color of your hair).
o To be perfectly frank, (you are too tall for me).
• Saying you have no opinion
o I really couldn't say.
o I'm afraid I couldn't say.
o I have no strong feelings about X.
o Your guess is as good as mine.
o I don't know.
o It's really not something that I've thought about a great deal.
o I really can't say that I have any particular views on the subject.
• Avoiding giving an opinion
o Do you think so?
o I suppose it depends on your point of view.
o It's difficult to say.
o I'd have to think about it a bit.
o I'd rather not say.
o I don't know really.
o It all depends.
o Maybe yes. Maybe no.
o Could be.
o I really couldn't say.
o I'd rather not commit myself right now.
o I was worried you'd ask me about that.
• Trying to change an opinion
o Surely, you don't think that X.
o Surely, you don't mean that X.
o Another way of looking at it would be X
o Do you really think that would be possible?
o Yes, but on the other hand.
o No, but look at X.
o Hold on, X.
o Think of it this way, X
o Look at it like this, X.
o You don't really think X.
o Are you kidding?
o Seen from a different angle, you might say that X
o Looking at it in another light, X
o But there are other things to consider. For example, X.
o Have you really taken everything into consideration. For instance, X.
o Yes, but if you look at the big picture X.
o I respect your opinion, however X.
o Others might say that X.