Asking Someone their Opinion

by Greg and Ivy on January 15, 2009

If you want to ask somebody about their opinion on a particular subject,  how would you ask the question?

Let’s imagine that you want to ask someone’s opinion about  ‘surfing’… how would you ask their opinion?


We’re sure that you can think of at least one way to put forward the question…

Can you think of a few different ways?  How did you go?

Maybe we can help you out -

Here are a few ways you can ask the question.

The usual ways…

  1. What’s your opinion on surfing?
  2. What are your views on surfing?
  3. What’s your perspective on surfing?
  4. How do you consider surfing?

More casual ways…

  1. What do you think about surfing?
  2. How do you feel about surfing?
  3. What would you say about surfing?
  4. What’s your take on surfing?
  5. How do you see surfing?

Particular kind of opinion…

  1. What’s your honest opinion about surfing?
  2. Would you tell me your informed opinions on surfing?
  3. Please tell me your personal opinions about surfing…

As you can see,  there are so many ways to ask someone about their opinion.

Can you think of any other way to ask someone for their opinion on a subject?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Libor February 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Hi, I have a question about these examples

What’s your honest opinion about surfing?
Would you tell me your informed opinions on surfing?

in the first one, why you use ‘about surging’ and in the second one ‘on surfing’? Why ‘on’ and ‘about’? Is there is a rule that says when to use one instead of the other? Or I should to take it as a fact..that’s how it is grammatically correct. Thanks

Libor February 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

lol, another question comes into my mind
I just wrote ‘question about’, shouldn’t it be ‘question on’? Like in ‘May I raise a question on(about) the following topic?’ Which version is correct? thanks

Khru Dan February 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Again, another great set of phrases and questions to use for everyday English. Keep up the great work.

Greg and Ivy Cook February 27, 2009 at 4:08 am

Thank you Khru Dan for your wonderful feedback. We hope to keep adding to the site even more useful posts. Keep coming back.

Greg and Ivy Cook March 13, 2009 at 3:10 am

Hi Libor, it’s good to get such questions. The words ‘on’ and ‘about’ can both be used interchangeably. ‘On’ can also be used as ‘on the subject of’ and ‘on the topic of’, in spoken English.

Catherine April 13, 2009 at 6:13 am

Hello Mr Cook,I’m Catherine,your student from S06-2.Remember me?
Now I have a job in shenzhen,long time no see,I miss you very much.How’s everything with you and Ivy?Hope the best for you.
By the way,the site is much more fantastic than before.Thanks for your efforts,just like you always do to us.

Greg and Ivy Cook April 27, 2009 at 6:33 am

Thanks Catherine! We definitely remember you. Great to hear from you. We’re well and happy to know about your job in Shenzhen. I’m sure you’re doing great at your job. Thank you for your compliments about the site. Keep coming back for more!

Ganapathy July 29, 2011 at 3:41 am

I want to share my thoughts and improve my spoken knowledge. Is there scope to me to join with u. I am much fascinated to learn spoken english. but i couldn’t study any material r course bcoz want of money

Greg and Ivy Cook April 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Hi Ganapathy
Thank you for your comment. We are working on improving the site and we’ll have more new free posts for you to use to learn spoken English.

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