reputation (when only a few people think it's good)

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Hi, let's say you are a high school student or secondary school pupil and are taking part in a face-to-face survey on smartphone apps. The interviewer asks "Why do you use this social media app?" and you answer "It had good reputation ___________________."

1. among a couple of my classmates
2. among my classmates
3. among my friends
4. in my family

Judging from a few dictionaries I've checked, "reputation" seems inappropriate when only a few people think the person or thing is good.

So I'd say #1 is inappropriate and #3 is appropriate.
#2 probably means the majority of the classmates said the app was good, and #4 probably means the speaker has a large family.

If #1 is indeed inappropriate, what expression should the speaker use instead? Is there a better expression than "A couple of my classmates said it was good"?
  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Is there a better expression than "A couple of my classmates said it was good"?
    There are bound to be some good alternatives, but that's a good one because it uses the plain language that's likely to be heard in this context. If you were to use "reputation" (and I don't recommend it), you'd have to say "It had a good reputation".

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think using 'reputation' suggests a rather more substantial source, or maybe (probably, with schoolchildren) no source at all; "reputation" often really means hearsay.

    What friends and family will do is say it is good. They might even recommend it, but again, recommendations are more likely to come from a popular magazine or celebrity endorsement than a school friend.
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