English Lesson: Asking Opinions With What & How

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She wants to know your opinion.

You can use what and how to ask someone’s opinion, but the way we use these words is different.

We generally ask What do you think? or How do you feel?

You can use What do you think about + [person or thing]? when you want to ask someone’s opinion about a person or a thing.

  • A: What do you think about this website?
  • B: I think it’s an amazing website!
  • A: What do you think about the new boss?
  • B: He seems pretty smart, but a little strict.

You can also use How do you feel about + [thing]? when you want to ask someone’s opinion about a thing.

  • A: How do you feel about this website?
  • B: I think it’s an amazing website!

You can also use How do you feel about + [person]? when you want to ask someone’s feelings or emotions for another person. Let’s compare both:

  • A: How do you feel about Jane?
  • B: I really like her…I think I want to ask her for a date.
  • A: What do you think about Jane?
  • B: I think she’s a nice person, and pretty smart.

*Be careful! We generally do not ask, “How do you think about ~ ,” so try to remember these patterns: What do you think & How do you feel.

So, then what do you think about this website? Feel free to leave a comment!

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