Are there alternatives to "is of the opinion ..." in the following sentence?

He is of the opinion that there is a something upon which we depend.

Because I am not an English native speaker, the expressions like "is of + noun" are ambiguous a little bit.

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    'Be of the opinion that' is virtually a fixed idiom - and you won't find many other expressions 'be of the ____ (that)'. 'He is of the opinion that' means virtually the same as 'he believes that', 'he thinks that' (or the old-fashioned or even archaic 'he holds that'). Sep 14, 2013 at 19:02
  • Perhaps just worth mentioning that it used to be he is of opinion that. Sep 14, 2013 at 19:15
  • Errr.... what's wrong with he thinks? @Edwin: There's also he is of a mind to..., for example. Sep 14, 2013 at 20:12

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The idiom "is of the opinion that" is fairly well entrenched. Using it would not be ambiguous.

That said, I believe it's wordy.

Indeed, I'm of the opinion that it would better to simply say, "he thinks that", "he believes that" or "his opinion is". I think that works better. It is also my opinion that wordiness is unnecessary. I believe it's better to avoid the passive.

See what I did there?


He is of the opinion that there is a something upon which we depend.

In his opinion there is something upon which we depend.

"In my opinion" has pretty widespread usage.

This previous discussion covers the topic of "in my opinion", and may be of interest to you. "I think ..." or "In my opinion..." or "From my point of view..."

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