Giving a general opinion in English

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Giving a general opinion in English means being able to say that you think something is mostly always true. This can be very useful to avoid being dogmaticGiving a general opinion in English means being able to say that you think something is mostly always true. This can be very useful to avoid being dogmatic (when you present an opinion too strongly, as though it is a fact). Here is a good and a bad example.

TOO STRONG (DOGMATIC/EXCESSIVE): He always forgets where he left his keys.

A BETTER SENTENCE: More often than not, he forgets where he left his keys.

Here are some phrases you can use to give more general opinions:

  • As a rule
  • More often than not
  • On the whole
  • All things considered
  • All in all
  • Overall
  • For the most part
  • Chiefly/Mainly
  • Predominantly
  • Largely
  • By and large
  • To all intents and purposes
  • Commonly typically

 

When giving opinions, you might also want to qualify them – that is, to add reservations, circumstances or limits to something you’ve said. For example:

  • I’d like to camping at the weekend (opinion), provided it doesn’t rain (qualification).
  • If it doesn’t cost too much (qualification), the boss thinks we should buy the larger model (opinion)
  • I think it could be a very successful exhibition (opinion), depending on the number of people who come and visit (qualification).

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