When trying to express your opinion on something, “I think…” is the go-to phrase for most English learners.
Yet, there are many other ways to introduce your thoughts! In this post, you’ll learn different ways to share your ideas with the world!
Native speakers use a variety of phrases depending on the message they want to express. In this post, you will learn some useful tips from Linguamarina, an English teacher and entrepreneur who shows interesting parts of the English language and life in America.
Here you have 3 fantastic ways to say “I think” in English.
“No doubt you will master this topic!”
“No doubt” means, “I'm certain.” This phrases introduces certainty. There’s no hesitation about what we are about to say.
“You've studied really hard. No doubt you will pass the exam!”
This means, “I'm certain that you will pass the exam.” It is a reassuring statement a friend of yours would highly appreciate.
In contrast, if you say, “I think you will pass the exam.” You might not be showing too much confidence.
One of the most common mistakes in the use of this phrase appears in pronunciation. The “b” in “doubt” is silent. Just ignore the “b.”
If I am not mistaken
“If I am not mistaken, you are expanding your vocabulary right now!”
Use this phrase to introduce ideas you are not completely sure about. You acknowledge that there is a possibility that your opinion might be wrong. If you want to be careful and polite and when expressing your thoughts, use this phrase.,
“If I am not mistaken, this jewelry belongs to Mrs. Jones.”
This phrase has a degree of formality. This phrase may be used to open a debate.
It seems to me
“It seems to me you are a dedicated student!”
“It seems to me” means, “It appears to me.”
Use this phrase to introduce our opinion on a subject. When you use this phrase, you're not 100% certain, but you are talking about your thoughts and the impression you received from seeing things. Using this phrase will make you look polite and informed.
“It seems to me you will have to practice more.”
“It seems this is not the best time to talk about it.”
Use this phrase to share an opinion or the way you see things. Saying, “We will have to practice more” could feel like an order. Adding “It seems to me” would make it sound softer.
There are many ways to convey a message without overusing the same generic expression. Try to expand your vocabulary and your command of the language by using these phrases in your daily conversations.
Make sure to also check out Linguamarina for more useful tips.