Improve Your French - Advanced Vocabulary - People's Opinions

Learn French Words to Express Opinions

Below is a list of vocabulary that should help you better express the opinions of the general public, particular people, or perhaps yourself, in a manner that befits someone who is learned of advanced French!

French Words for Public/General Opinion

French
English
sonder/déclarer les opinions
to find out what people think
l'évolution de l'opinion publique
changes in public opinion
c'est dans l'air du temps
It's the fashionable view
une vision fort répandue
a very widely held view
un consensus semble se dégager
a consensus seems to be emerging
le bruit court que
rumour has it that
une part non négligeable du public
a considerable proportion of the public
certains préconisent
some people recommend
partout on aboutit au même constat
everywhere people are coming to the same conclusion
l'idée traîne un peu partout
The view is quite widely held
de nombreux observateurs ont émis la crainte que (+subj)
Numerous observers have expressed the fear that...
il est d'ores et déja acquis que...
People now presuppose that...
Il est de notoriété publique que
It is (unwelcome) public knowledege that...
Le sondage
Opinion poll
L'enquete
Opinion poll
La grande majorité des... trouvent que ...
The vast majority of ... think that ...
D'autre diront que...
Others will say that...
certains soutiennent que...
Some people maintain that...
on a tendance à croire que ...
People tend to believe that...
nombruex sont ceux qui disent ...
There are many who say...
Les avis sont partagés sur ce point
Opinions are divded on this matter
Tout le monde s'accorde a reconnaitre que ...
Everyone is agreed on recognising that ...
 
 
 
 

My opinion

French
English
Je déclare sans retenue
I state without reserve
Ma piste de réflexion
My line of thought
Piste
Track, runway, trail
Il y a fort à parier que
It is a very good bet that ...
Il y a de fortes chances que ...
there is a strong chance that ...
Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas
Let there be no mistake about it
à tort or à raison
Rightly or wrongly
Il me semble que ...
It seems to me that ...
A mon sens; selon moi
As I see it
Pour ma part
For my part
Je suis sur(e)/ certain(e) que
I am sure/certain that ...
Je suis persuadé(e) que ...
I am certain that ...
Le parti que je prends
The side I take
J'estime que ...
I consider that ....
Je soutiens que ...
I maintain that ...
 
 
a ma connaissance
to the best of my knowledge
cela me parait évident que
It seems obvious to me that ...
cela me conduit a penser que ...
That leads me to think that ...
je ne peux m'empecher de penser que ...
I cannot help thinking that ..,.
ce qui me préoccupe c'est ...
What bothers me is ...
ma prise de position
The line I take

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