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Hello French learners! 🇫🇷

In this lesson, we will explore some commonly used French expressions for giving your opinion (pour donner votre avis). Please feel free to add more expressions and make any necessary edits to this lesson. After mastering this lesson, you can also expand your French vocabulary by checking out our lessons on numbers and time, saying hello and greetings, and school and studies.

Happy learning! 😊

"Il faut / Il a besoin de / Il manque de"[edit | edit source]

Those are expressions widely used by the French to evaluate somebody else's needs:

  • Il lui faut de l'eau, Il a besoin d'eau, Il manque d'eau.

He needs water.

"On"[edit | edit source]

"On" is the equivalent of the use of the passive voice, the general "you", or the impersonal "they" in English. "On" is used in order to make an impersonal statement, or a generalization.

  • On dit que la reine est morte.

The queen is said to be dead.

  • On ne met pas les coudes sur la table. C'est impoli.

You cannot rest your elbows on the table. That is rude.

  • On dirait qu'il est fou.

He seems crazy.

"Quand même"[edit | edit source]

"Quand même" is a phrase whose translation is close to "anyway" and "though". It emphasizes contrast and subjectivity of the speaker.

  • J'avais peur, mais je l'ai fait quand même

I was afraid, but I did it anyway.

  • Merci quand même.

Thanks anyway.

  • C'est quand même difficile

It's hard, though.

"Je pense que / je crois que / à mon avis / j'ai l'impression que"[edit | edit source]

These phrases are among the most common to express your personal opinion.

  • Je pense qu'il n'arrivera pas à l'heure.

I don't think that he will be there on time.

  • A mon avis, cela n'en vaut pas la peine.

I think it is not worth the trouble.

  • Je crois que vous n'avez pas compris ma question.

I think that you did not understand my question.

  • J'ai l'impression que ça arrive souvent.

I believe it happens very often.

"Je suis d'accord / Je ne suis pas d'accord / Je (ne) suis (pas) de votre avis"[edit | edit source]

These sentences are the staples of how to express your agreement or disagreement.

  • Je suis absolument d'accord

I totally agree.

  • Je ne suis pas du tout d'accord

I completely disagree.

  • Je suis de votre avis sur la question de l'environnement. / Je ne suis pas de votre avis.

I agree with you on the environmental issue. / I beg to differ.

Adverbs often associated with personal opinion / Adverbes couramment associés pour exprimer son opinion :[edit | edit source]

  • Absolument : absolutely
  • Evidemment / clairement / manifestement  : clearly / obviously
  • Apparemment : apparently
  • Vraiment / véritablement : really

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