Expressing your opinion

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Expressing your opinion

To express your opinion, you use:

  • The verbs glauben (to believe, to think), denken (to think), finden (to find), sicher sein (to be sure), bezweifeln (to doubt) etc. with dass (that).

Ich glaube, dass es morgen regnen wird.

I believe that it will rain tomorrow.

Ich finde, dass das Bild schön ist.

I think that the picture is beautiful.

Alle denken, dass es zu viele Katzen im Brandenbutt Hotel gibt.

Everybody thinks that there are too many cats in the Brandenbutt Hotel.

Er bezweifelt, dass die Gäste ihr Zimmer bezahlt haben.

He doubts that the guests have paid for their room.

  • The phrases: meiner Meinung nach, meines Erachtens.

Meiner Meinung nach sollte das Hotel renoviert werden.

In my opinion the hotel should be renovated.

Das Hotelpersonal ist meines Erachtens sehr freundlich.

In my opinion (formal) the hotel staff are very friendly.

Note: To report someone else's opinion in indirect speech you use the Konjunktiv I (subjunctive I).

Caroline sagt, sie bezweifle, dass vegetarische Gerichte sich gut verkaufen. BEZWEIFELN

Caroline says she doubts that vegetarian dishes will sell well.

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