English Collocations For Opinions

Learn English collocations for opinions. Learn B2/C1 English collocations for expressing opinions.

These advanced expressions will be very useful to you if you are preparing for an English exam (FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS etc) Using natural English collocations in your speaking and writing will help you to sound more native in English.

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English collocations for opinions

Well, in this lesson, we’re focusing again on collocations.

Collocations are really, really popular with our students and our listeners and viewers. So we thought we’d do a few more of these advanced lessons, focusing on the collocations and particular topics.

And in this particular topic, it’s English collocations for opinions

For those of you who don’t really understand collocations, it’s just a complicated way of saying two or more words together that fit together and are used together quite frequently.

Collocations are very useful in the English language because it’s better than just learning individual words that have no purpose. You can drop collocations into sentences, and use them as phrases, and it’s a much better chance for you to understand English and also for you to be understood.

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stark reality

Meaning: clear facts, often unpleasant

Examples:

The stark reality is that we are entering into a phase of rising inflation.

The stark reality is that you don’t understand what I am talking about.

to be perfectly honest

Meaning: used when telling someone what you really think, even if it might upset them

Examples:

To be perfectly honest, I think that we should just scrap this expensive holiday and stay at home.

To be perfectly honest, I have no interest in doing yoga. I like to be moving.

To be perfectly honest, that movie is absolute rubbish.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. I really don’t understand it.

strongly suspect that…

Meaning: you believe that something is going to happen

Examples:

I strongly suspect that the management will make that announcement next week.

I strongly suspect that Mike and Kate are going to split up. They’ve been arguing a lot recently.

English collocations for opinions

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to take someone’s point

Meaning: to understand, accept, agree with someone

Example:

I take your point, I understand. And we will consider this plan, but not at the moment.

a sneaking suspicion

Meaning: you’re not absolutely certain that something is happening, but you believe it might

Example: 

I have a sneaking suspicion that someone is planning a surprise party for me for my birthday.

to make accusations

Meaning: to say someone is guilty of doing something wrong

Examples:

He made an accusation that I had taken his wallet from his locker.

She made an accusation that Sam had stolen her mobile phone.

Following the election, he repeatedly made accusations of election fraud.

it’s a matter of opinion

Meaning: a question on which people hold different views

Example:

Beauty is only a matter of opinion. If you believe you are beautiful, then that’s all that matters.

English collocations for opinions

English collocations for opinions. Prepare for English proficiency exams. Online English lessons at englishlessonviaskype.com #learnenglish

to be highly suspicious of…

Meaning: feeling doubt in somebody’s motives for doing something

Example:

I remain highly suspicious of his motives for helping me.

to miss the point

Meaning: not to have understood what somebody said

Example:

I think you’ve missed the point. I wasn’t saying we should cancel this arrangement; we just need to change it.

to hazard a guess about…

Meaning: to make a guess

Examples:

I’d hazard a guess that David is gone to meet his friends. It’s Friday, and he hasn’t sent a text.

I’d hazard a guess that the city is going to be packed. I don’t think it’s going to be a good idea for us to go.

So there are 10 English collocations for opinions. They’re really advanced English, but you can use them, you can drop them into your conversations. 

Let me give them to you one more time:

  • stark reality
  • to be perfectly honest
  • to take someone’s point (about…)
  • a sneaking suspicion
  • to make accusations
  • strongly suspect that…
  • matter of opinion
  • to be highly suspicious of….
  • to miss the point
  • to hazard a guess about

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More information

For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

Phrasal verbs about POLITICS

Collocations with EMOTION

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