Comments (Stating your Opinion)

Reason

There are many real-life situations where you have to state your opinion, e.g. a friend asks you for advice, your boss wants to hear your opinion on a business matter. In English lessons, this is also a popular way of testing your English writing skills.

Preparation

Think about the topic first. What's your opinion? What arguments can you use to support your ideas?

Structure and Content

  • Introduction: defining the problem
    Use the introduction to get the reader's attention and interest in the topic. Define the problem you are going to discuss and provide a short overview on what you think and why.
  • Opinion and Reasons
    Give reasons for your opinion. Concentrate on one main point per paragraph. What to write exactly, depends on the task (see below)
  • Conclusion
    Summarize the most important arguments that best support your opinion.

Important Tenses

Simple Present

Typical Tasks

  • Comment (stating your own opinion)
    state your opinion and give examples and arguments that support your opinion
    statement – reason – example
  • Compare
    find common and distinct features
    draw conclusions
  • Criticize
    find advantages and disadvantages
    comment on somebody's opinion (usually in a negative way)
  • Discuss
    analyse all aspects of a problem (What is …? / Is it okay to …?)
    weighing the pros and cons
  • Evaluate
    analyse a problem
    show advantages and disadvantages
  • Justify
    support an opinion
    show advantages

Word Lists

Opinion and Statements
Agreeing and Disagreeing
Conjunctions, Examples, Additions and Conclusion