'As far as my opinion is concerned...' [sic]

Solle

Senior Member
Russian
Dear forum colleagues,

I came across this introductory phrase as recommended for essays at English school exams in Moscow.
To my ear it sounds at least awkward if not illiterate. I would appreciate your opinion (perhaps I am too scrupulous).

Thank you in advance,

Solle
 
  • kency

    Senior Member
    English - SE England
    No this isn't a good phrase, it's either:

    1. "As far as I'm concerned, ..."
    or
    2. "In my opinion, ..."
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    It sounds odd to me too. There are better ways of saying it, like the examples kency provided.
     

    kency

    Senior Member
    English - SE England
    I have concerns and opinions. My opinion doesn't have concerns of its own.
    "As far as I'm concerned" can sound more negative in real life conversation. A little defensive. It adds the idea of my own self-interest, not only my thoughts. This is subtle though.
     

    Solle

    Senior Member
    Russian
    "As far as I'm concerned" can sound more negative in real life conversation. A little defensive. It adds the idea of my own self-interest, not only my thoughts. This is subtle though.
    Yes, I agree it has some connotation of the kind.
     
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