opine/said

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Jin akashini

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vietnamese
Hi every one,

I want to ask you which choice sounds natural in this sentence :

All interviewed households said/opined that detailed measurement survey was conducted in a transparent manner.

If not, can you give me a better solution ?

Many thanks,
 
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Said or (if they did not necessarily use those exact words) thought are much better. Opined (unlike the noun opinion) is an unusual, literary word, and in this context it suggests that you are being sarcastic - maybe you are suggesting that their opinion is bullshit.
     
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    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    A lot of people don't like opine as it is a back-formation from opinion. I remember using it in a literary essay when I was an undergraduate, and my lecturer circled the word and said it was a 'vile villain of a word'. :rolleyes: Even literary people don't like it. Stick with said. Alternatively agreed would work too.
     

    eno2

    Senior Member
    Dutch-Flemish
    A lot of people don't like opine as it is a back-formation from opinion.
    Some time ago I did a search on the verb(s) formed with 'opinion' in different languages.
    Besides 'to opine', there's also 'to opinion' and 'to opinionate'.. I don't know if those are of 'normal use' either. .
    I like to use 'to opine' and OED backs it.

    However, there has been a row over a John Cleese opinion where he is using 'to opine'
    <Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more>
    and there was a one reaction saying:
    <...it is basically a very racist tweet. Secondly, it’s a racist tweet by a man who lives on a Caribbean island – the irony of that is insane. Even the language is insane. Who uses the word ‘opine’?” >
     
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