What do you think about the following statement?
“According to me, salmon sashimi is the most delicious food in the world.”
Does it sound okay to you, or is there something a bit awkward about it?
While the grammar in this statement is technically correct, it’s not a totally natural way to express this idea. In English, it’s unusual to use “according to me” when you’re stating your own thoughts or opinions.
Wondering why? You’re not alone! This is a common question among English learners. Below, we’ll discuss why “according to me” isn’t commonly used, what to say instead, and when it is okay to use it!
- Why you shouldn’t say “according to me”
- What to say instead of “according to”
- When “according to me” is okay
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Why you shouldn’t say “according to me”
Here’s why …
Another way of saying “according to” is “as stated by.” You use it to identify who made a particular statement.
Here’s an example: You might say to a friend, “According to my environmental science professor, climate change is an irreversible problem.” In this example, the professor has made a statement, and you’re relaying that information to your friend. It makes sense to use “according to” in this case—you’re giving your friend some information and telling them who said it.
But saying “according to me” is a bit strange. It sounds like you’ve had a conversation with yourself, you told yourself something, and now you’re reporting to someone else what you told yourself in that conversation. A little weird, right?
What to say instead of “according to”
Most of the time, when people use “according to me,” what they’re trying to do is give their opinion. If that sounds like you, we’ve got some alternatives for you to use.
In my opinion/in my view
When you want to share your thoughts about something, you can express it using “in my opinion.”
Example: “In my opinion, Titanic is the worst movie ever made.”
As far as I’m concerned
This is a variation of “in my opinion” and “in my view,” so you can use it exactly the same way.
Example: “I understand what you’re saying, but as far as I’m concerned, spring is the most beautiful season.”
This expression is just as useful as the above-mentioned ones, though a bit more casual.
Example: “Technology is useful and convenient, but I think people need to learn how to do some things the old-fashioned way.”
When “according to me” is okay
Despite what we’ve said above, you can use “according to me” in a couple of scenarios (both of which are a little bit cheeky). Here are some “according to me” examples!
To defend a statement
If you’ve made a statement and someone questions you about it, feel free to use “according to me.”
You: “This is the best pizza in town.”
Your friend: “Oh yeah? According to whomwho??”
You: “According to me!”
Friend: “According to my mom, you should wait 30 minutes after eating before going swimming.”
You: “Well, according to me, that rule is nonsense!”
Share your opinions with the right expressions
Hopefully, we’ve helped you understand why “according to me” isn’t usually the correct choice. Make sure you use expressions like “in my opinion” and “I think” whether you’re speaking to a friend, writing an essay or taking an oral exam. You’ll ensure all of your thoughts and opinions are coming across clearly and accurately.
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Andrea is a Canadian freelance writer and editor specializing in English, e-learning, EdTech, and SaaS. She has a background as an ESL teacher in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. In her free time, Andrea loves hanging out with her husband and children, creating recipes in the kitchen, and reading fiction. She also loves camping and jumping into lakes whenever possible. Learn more about Andrea on LinkedIn or check out her website.