Opinions are often discouraged when writing in formal ways. Whether you’re creating an essay for school, or you are a news reporter, you cannot use the informal process of stating your thoughts.
Informal writing allows you to say phrases like “I think” and “I believe” to express your opinion adequately. If there is an explicit thought that you want to share, then a phrase such as “in my view” or “in my opinion” are also suitable.
Here are some examples of what it looks like to informally express an opinion in writing.
- I think that having a sense of humor is critical to a person’s success.
- I believe that politics in the United States can be less polarizing.
- In my opinion, the most influential legal change of the last century was to give women the right to vote.
When you transition to academic writing, then you must give your opinion in an implicit manner. That means the tone of the sentence must use an impersonal structure when sharing the thought.
Formal writing still allows you to share an opinion. You use phrases like “it is worth nothing” or “it is reasonable” or “it would seem that” to offer the information.
Here are some examples of what it looks like to formally express an opinion in writing.
- It is worth noting that some politicians are well aware of the problem that a lack of healthcare coverage provides.
- It is reasonable to assume that social and economic changes to inner-city neighborhoods could reduce crime.
- It seems that having access to an education is an essential component of a person’s future success.
When you write formally, then adverbs are a critical component of how you can express your opinion. You would use that structure when it is necessary to qualify or evaluate the content that’s shared in your message.
Words like “interestingly,” “significantly,” or “surprisingly” are all commonly used in formal writing structures to clue in the reader that an opinion is being shared.
If you want to share the opinion of someone else, then you would use the phrase “according to” in formal writing. You would not use that expression to share your own opinion.
Some reporters like to use the term “in the view of this reporter.” Some editors would accept that statement, although not all of them will. You’ll need to speak with your editor about the expectations in that specific circumstance.