Is the saying "According to me" correct?
I believe it's incorrect, and that "In my opinion" is better.
Can anyone clarify?
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The use according to me is correct, but it doesn't have the same meaning as in my opinion.
The form according to nn is used when nn is some kind of authority, so if you are using it on yourself, you are also implying that you are an authority in the field.
It's certainly grammatical. Whether and where you use it is entirely a matter of personal choice.
According to Longman, you cannot say "according to me" as it means "as shown by something or stated by someone or reported by".
if you use according to as a reporting device, "according to me" will be incorrect since you are the one who is reporting. In this usage, according to is mostly used to attribute statements / thoughts to other sources/people. Below is an excerpt from "The New Fowler's Modern English Usage":
According to, used as a complex preposition, means
1) in a manner that is consistent with something
Everything went according to plan.
2) as stated by someone or in something
2.A) as a factual statement
According to our records your current account is in credit.
2.B) with an element of uncertainty or disbelief
According to you, you were at school this morning but according to the teacher you were not.
3) in a manner or degree that is in proportion to something
... salary according to experience.
Arrange the blocks according to size and colour.
Anything that can go wrong, will, according to Murphy
According to me, Murphy was an optimist.
In my experience I have only seen people from Tamil Nadu, India use this expression "according to me". It sounds funny but fairly highly used in that part of the world in regular usage.
My first reaction was that it sounds odd.
I did have a moment of doubt because in French they say it ("d'après moi") and in Flemish as well ("Volgens mij").
But as mentioned by the people above, "In my opinion", "I think that", "If you ask me" sounds better.
I believe it is incorrect coz it s either French or any other Latin language so it preferable to say according to what I think or something.
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