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01 January 2013

Grammar: Opinion on, Opinion of, Opinion about: Which is correct?


“Opinion on” is more widely used than “opinion about,” but both can be used.

Examples:
1. My boss asked me about my opinion on the new plan.
2. I do not have an opinion on/about Global Warming.

“Opinion of” is usually used when we refer to the opinion(s) of a person or a group on someone or something.

Examples:
1. I do not agree with the opinion of the court. (However, we also say, “What is your opinion of Rob?)

Sometimes, a simple rewrite can prevent preposition confusion:

Original sentence: Nobody cares about the opinion of the journalist on/about the candidate.
Rewrite: Nobody cares about the journalist’s opinion on/about the candidate.



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