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GIVING YOUR OPINION ABOUT A TOPIC

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Expressing a strong opinion

Listen to each extract and write down the phrase used to express an opinion. Each extract is repeated twice.

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In my opinion, fashion is a complete waste of time, money and resources.

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In my opinion, thereís only one choice - English!

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In my view, government money shouldnít be used to support the Arts.

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In my reckoning, if we could lock up juvenile criminals, theyíd learn that they couldnít get away with it.

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I strongly believe in preventing problems before they happen. In much the same way as the Japanese prepare for earthquakes, countries with dry climates could have water catchment systems and reservoirs to defend against water shortage.

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I definitely think that countries should be self-sufficient in food and basic necessities.

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Donít you think itís better to stay single?

Well, if you ask me, it all depends on your circumstances.

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Well, I think everybody should have the right to join a trade union.

 4.2

 Expressing a strong value ( Itís / Theyíre + value adjective)

Listen to each extract and write down the phrases used to express a strong value or feeling. Each extract is repeated twice.

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Itís a nonsense to keep everybody at the same level regardless of their progress.

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... their employers donít pay them a living wage. Itís a scandal, because many pizza parlours, pubs and burger bars are really being subsidized by the Government.

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Itís perfect for short-outings - boat trips around the islands and visits to show-piece villages such as Sigtuna.

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Itís wrong to leave hospital patients without doctors and nurses. Likewise, strikes among teachers can severely disrupt the education of our children.

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Theyíre ideal for people who really want to relax and live life at a slower pace.

 4.3

 Expressing certainty

Listen to each extract and write down the words used to express certainty or which add authority to the truth.. Each extract is repeated twice.

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According to government statistics, waiting lists are coming down.

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Actually, Esperanto is closer to European languages than any others.

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In fact, we have some of the top chefs in the world, but only people with a lot of money experience British cooking at its best.

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Clearly, a coeducational environment promotes understanding between boys and girls. Itís far more natural.

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So in what ways are they superior? .. Well, obviously in size. Everythingís bigger.

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People have always liked dressing up.

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People just wonít continue to accept editorial lines... which donít match up with their experience.

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Without doubt, television has a lot to answer for.

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Thereís no doubt that these large monopolies have a great deal of power. If we let them finance important developments such as digital television, you can be sure that theyíll market technical devices which can only receive their own TV broadcasts.

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Well, thereís no doubt that a proper understanding of their problems is needed before we can go much further. Surely, there are immediate things like food aid to countries hit by drought or famine

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Surely, most of these resorts would have bus services.

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Surely, thereís more to marriage than having children.

4.4

Expressing high probability

Listen to each extract and write down the words used to show that something is highly probable or someone is almost certain of what they are saying. Each extract is repeated twice.

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I expect that Japan could adapt. It has a highly skilled workforce and a good technological base.

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I believe youíve been working on a transport policy for Britain.

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I doubt whether they could act as an effective deterrent while the detection rate is so low.

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I doubt that many other languages can match the size of the English dictionary.

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I doubt that this would ever happen. The BBC prides itself on its independence...

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Iídíve thought theyíd be very useful for children without brothers and sisters.

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Iídíve thought that was obvious. Theyíve lived through personal and family relationships. Theyíre often experts on matters of health ranging from minor ailments to major operations.

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There now seems to be a general acceptance that Britain is a multi-racial society.

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 Expressing fair probability

Listen to each extract and write down the words used to express assumptions and guesses. Each extract is repeated twice.

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I guess that many single people have different priorities or else they believe that theyíd make unsuitable parents.

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I suppose itís all part of your total environment. Scientists donít understand everything, but they often observe links between certain phenomena.

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I suppose that if they own these homes, they must be in nice locations.

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I donít suppose their grandparents will know what the search commands are.

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I think itís probably possible to generalize about what is eaten at main meal-times.

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Thereís probably a good argument for raising income support.

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Theyíre probably warmer and more friendly, but theyíre very loud and extrovert to go with it.

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Iím beginning to think it would be a good thing if we were shown genocide... if war correspondents showed us what they meant by collateral damage....

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