Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 27 – Giving Your Opinion

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JAKE:

Where should we take a vacation this year? Let’s decide soon.

 

MELISSA:

Well, I’d like to go somewhere warm. How about the beach? Or we could rent a cabin on the lake

 

JAKE:

You want to go to the beach, again? I want to ski this winter. How about a compromise? What about traveling to the Alps in Europe next April? We can find a ski resort on a lake.

 

MELISSA:

Oh, we’ve never been to Europe before! But I don’t know if it will be sunny and warm then. I need to do some research first. That will help me make up my mind.

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • Decide is a useful verb to express choice. The idiom “to make up my mind” also
    means “to decide”: “There are so many choices in this menu. It’s going to take awhile
    to make up my mind/decide.” You can finish this sentence with either the idiom or the
    verb “decide.”
  • How about This phrase presents an alternative. This phrase can be followed by a
    subject plus a conjugated verb or by a noun: How about we go swimming? / How about
    a movie tonight?
  • Many verbs express opinions: to think / to believe / to suppose / to assume, etc. They
    are not all synonymous. For example, “to suppose” and “to assume” express that the
    speaker has a preconceived idea: He came back late from work, so I assumed that traffic
    was bad. /I suppose that may not have been the case, and that he might just have had a
    lot of work.

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