IELTS Speaking Function Four
Justifying Opinions in English
In Lesson Three we learned
How to Express an Opinion in English. If you have time on the IELTS test,
you should also express why you hold your opinion. To begin, you can
use these basic phrases to justify an opinion in English:
You can justify your opinion more effectively by being more specific. Try some intermediate phrases like these:
the reason is...
the reason I believe that is...
the facts suggest...
the evidence shows...
The first reason I believe this is...
When you are not completely certain, you can try one of these more advanced English phrases:
The main reason I feel this way is...
There are several reasons I believe this. The first is...
I don't have any special reason for believing this. It just seems right to me.
When you ARE certain, try one of these phrases:
I could be wrong as I have no special reason for believing this. I just feel this is right.
There is a lot of evidence to support my point of view. For example...
There are many facts in favor of my opinion. One such fact is...
Remember, your job is NOT to convince the examiner that your opinion is "right" or "good". Your only job is to show the examiner
that you are able to use English well. So, when you are justifying an opinion in English, be sure to use one or two of the
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