Hello everyone and welcom back to Learn English Fun Way! Today we are going to give you 21 advanced alternatives for “I think”.
“I think” is very a boring, overused, and repetitive phrase.
In debates, in English classes, in conversation, we are always asked to give our opinion. And more often than not, many English learners say: “I think…” or “I don’t think…”
If you really want to show that you have an incredible, and profound, and advanced vocabulary, then you need to find som other ways of saying “I think”. Therefore, in this lesson today, we have got 21 advanced alternatives, ranging from formal to informal.
This article is really going to help you with your vocabulary,
Right, let’s get started with the lesson!
1, I’m not going to lie/ I’m not gonna lie
This phrase is an informal one.
We can say “I’m not gonna lie”, and sometimes it is just shortened down to “Not Gonna Lie” or abbreviated to N-G-L. So if we’re texting, we can text NGL, and then our opinion.
- I’m not going to lie, I was pretty insulted to not be invited to my ex-boyfriend’s wedding.
2, In all honesty
This is very commonly used nowadays, it is leaning towards informal.
- In all honesty, I had every right to be there.
3, In my view
This one is slightly more formal, actually.
- In my view, I should have been invited, so it was totally fair for me to turn up on the day.
A lot of these examples will use should have, would have, and could have.
4, If you ask me
- If you ask me, the church service was wonderful, but it was a shame I have to stand at the back.
5, As far as I can tell
This phrase is fairly neutral, neither informal nor formal.
- As far as I can tell, the bride wasn’t really expecting me.
6, To my mind
This just means ‘to me’, but we’re talking about our brain rather than ourselves, and it is more formal.
- To my mind, she should have been happier to see me and receive my support.
7, As far as I’m concerned
This is, again, slightly more formal,
- As far as I’m concerned, she totally overreacted and shouldn’t have cried.
8, The way I see things/ The way I see it
You can use either of the two above phrases.
- The way I see things, I made the family photographs a lot more interesting.
9, As I see things/ As I see it
This is a quite neutral alternative
- As I see it, they obviously didn’t take me into consideration when drawing up the seating plans.
10, It seems to me that
This phrase is quite a neutral one, maybe leaning on formal.
- It seems to me that everyone overreacted when I tried to sit at the top table.
11, I believe
This is just a really good alternative for ‘I think’. If you’re in a pinch, and you want to say “I think” and you don’t know what else to say, just say, “I believe.”
- I believe they should have just made space for me in the first place.
12, I would say
This can also be shortened down to “I’d say”
- I’d say the food was very good, but it was a shame I had to share it with my neighbour.
13, I consider
This is normally followed by something then to be,
“I consider something to be.”
- I consider it to be very rude that I was forced to sit down when I stood up to make a speech.
14, To me
This is just another way of saying, “in my opinion.”
- To me, no one knows my ex better than I do, so I should have been able to tell all of his funny stories.
15, From my point of view
This again is slightly more formal, but can be used in both informal and formal situations.
- From my point of view, the first dance was cringeworthy, so I did everyone a favour by joining in.
16, It is my view that/ It is my belief that
Both of them are more or less the same.
- It is my view that the open bar made everything worse.
17, I reckon
This phrase is a very slang one, and is also a very British one.
- I reckon the sixth gin and tonic tipped me over the edge.
18, I honestly believe that
- I honestly believe that if I hadn’t started cutting the cake, no one would have.
19, Honestly speaking
This phrase is quite an informal one.
- Honestly speaking, I probably shouldn’t have thrown my slice at the bride.
20, I feel that
This is another good one-word alternative for think, just like believe.
I feel, I think, I believe.
- I feel that my excould have found a more welcoming bride with a better sense of humour.
21, Personally speaking
This last one is, again, quite neutral.
- Personally speaking, calling the police was a bit OTT.
OTT means Over The Top, too much. It is often shortened down to OTT.
That is the end of our today’s lesson. Thank you for reading and hope you can apply well all the above-mentioned alternative phrases for “I think”. To get further explanation as practice your listening English, you should watch the video below. The English teacher- Lucy, with her warm voice and interesting ways of presentation, will certainly make you become engaged in the lesson.
Credit: Youtube Channel “English with Lucy”