4

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this ...

In what situations is this phrase usually used? Formal, informal...?

In contrast to:

I would appreciate hearing your opinion on this ...

1
  • could someone please fix the typo in the word "appreaciate"? I nearly copy-pasted it into an email :-) (not enough reputation here to make the edit myself) Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 15:02

2 Answers 2

5

They mean different things, as I am sure you realise, though they can be and are used in a similar sense.

'Opinion' is probably the more 'formal' of the two. Asking someones 'opinion' suggests you are looking for a more considered, more formal reply.

Asking for someone's 'thoughts', is more a case of getting their initial reaction, a sounding of their views.

0
2

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this ...

This goes for a person you like, or are interested in, or you care about.

And that's why you want them to open up and share, for whatever reason.

I would appreciate hearing your opinion on this ...

This goes for a person who is considered an expert in that field or at least an intellectually proven personality.

1
  • People ask their (non-expert) friends for opinions all the time.
    – nnnnnn
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 3:30

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.