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French Grammar - Give your Opinion

Hi French learners! 😊
In this lesson, we will focus on giving your opinion in French, which is an important skill that you need to master if you want to express yourself and participate in discussions with French native speakers. We will also provide cultural information and interesting facts to help you understand how to use these expressions in context.
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Expressing your opinion[edit | edit source]

In French, to give your opinion, you can use the following expressions:

French Pronunciation English
À mon avis a mɔ̃ avi In my opinion
Personnellement pɛʁsɔnɛlmɑ̃ Personally
Je trouve que ʒə tʁuv kə I find that
Selon moi səlɔ̃ mwa According to me
Pour moi puʁ mwa For me
À mon sens a mɔ̃ sɑ̃s As I see it, in my opinion
D'après moi dapʁɛ mwa In my opinion

Here's an example dialogue to illustrate the use of these expressions:

  • Person 1: Qu'est-ce que tu penses de cette nouvelle loi ? (What do you think about this new law?)
  • Person 2: À mon avis, elle ne va pas aider les travailleurs. (In my opinion, it won't help workers.)

Agreeing and Disagreeing[edit | edit source]

Now that you know how to give your opinion, it's also important to know how to agree or disagree with others. Here are some useful phrases:

Agreeing[edit | edit source]

French Pronunciation English
Je suis d'accord ʒə sɥi dakɔʁ I agree
Tout à fait tu ta fɛ Exactly
Absolument absɔlymɑ̃ Absolutely
C'est vrai sɛ vʁɛ That's true

Here's an example dialogue:

  • Person 1: Il faut investir dans les énergies renouvelables. (We need to invest in renewable energy.)
  • Person 2: Je suis tout à fait d'accord. (I completely agree.)

Disagreeing[edit | edit source]

French Pronunciation English
Je ne suis pas d'accord ʒə nə sɥi pa dakɔʁ I disagree
Je ne pense pas que ʒə nə pɑ̃s pa kə I don't think that
Au contraire o kɔ̃tʁɛʁ On the contrary
Ce n'est pas vrai sə nɛ pa vʁɛ That's not true

Here's an example dialogue:

  • Person 1: La pollution n'est pas un problème urgent. (Pollution is not an urgent problem.)
  • Person 2: Je ne suis pas du tout d'accord. (I completely disagree.)

Giving reasons[edit | edit source]

When you give your opinion or when you express your agreement or disagreement, it's also important to provide reasons to support your point of view:

French Pronunciation English
Parce que paʁs kə Because
À cause de a koz də Because of
Grâce à ɡʁas a Thanks to
En raison de ɑ̃ ʁɛzɔ̃ də Due to

Here's an example dialogue:

  • Person 1: Je pense que le sport est très bénéfique pour la santé. (I think that sports are very beneficial for health.)
  • Person 2: Oui, je suis d'accord grâce aux nombreux avantages pour la santé qu'il procure. (Yes, I agree thanks to the many health benefits it provides.)

Cultural information[edit | edit source]

In French culture, expressing one's opinion, in a polite and respectful way, is considered an important social skill. It's often used in formal or informal contexts, such as debates, meetings, or conversations with friends or family members. Also, it's advisable to avoid being too confrontational or aggressive, and to always listen to the other party before expressing your point of view. Finally, it's common, at the end of a conversation, to summarize the main points of agreement or disagreement, and to thank the other party for their contribution to the discussion.

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