2.2 CHANGING YOUR MIND: COLLOCATIONS: OPINIONS

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How did the speakers feel about taking part?
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Alex was nervous at first and uneasy, but he found the experience eye-opening. Saba enjoyed the experience and found it gave her a new perspective.

What was written in the catalogue next to "student"?
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"lazy", "politically apathetic", "do useless degrees", "waste tax payers' money", "can't cook" and "spends his money on beer"

How did Alex feel about this?
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Nervous that he wouldn't be able to deal with the accusations.

What did Alex expect the man to do?
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He expected him to make accusations against him.

What actually happened?
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They talked about life as a student in the 1960s and compared it with student life today.

What the first thing Saba noticed about Karrie?
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That she was fiercely independent.

What opinion is Karrie hoping to change?
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She is hoping to tackle the stigma often associated with being blind (that it makes you helpless).

How does being blind affect Karrie's life?
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She leads a fairly normal life, doing most things for herself, but she is unable to drive.

Why does Karrie feel that she is a good judge of character?
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She feels that she is able to "see" people for who they really are, on the inside, rather than just how they want to present themselves, by their appearance.
She is less likely to judge people for how they look. She is able to "see with her heart" rather than her eyes.

People tend to have various (?) about what a drug addict is.
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People tend to have various preconceptions about what a drug addict is.

The aim is to challenge the (?) that exist about immigrants.
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The aim is to challenge the stereotypes that exist about immigrants.

I was feeling nervous and beginning to have (?) thoughts about the whole idea.
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I was feeling nervous and beginning to have second thoughts about the whole idea.

It's important to keep an open (?) before making a judgement.
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It's important to keep an open mind before making a judgement.

His attitude is very (?) and intolerant of alternative opinions.
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His attitude is very narrow-minded and intolerant of alternative opinions.

The experience of talking so directly was (?). I had never done anything like it before.
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The experience of talking so directly was eye-opening. I had never done anything like it before.

I saw the situation from a whole new (?) after our conversation.
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I saw the situation from a whole new perspective after our conversation.

I don't think he really knew his facts, so his argument wasn't very (?).
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I don't think he really knew his facts, so his argument wasn't very convincing.

You are supposed to get married next month, but you're feeling nervous about the decision.
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I'm having second thoughts about getting married.

You spend a week living in a small community with a very different lifestyle to your own. It gives you a new outlook on life.
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It was an eye-opening experience. It has given me a whole new perspective.

You meet your father-in-law and he is a policeman. You had ideas about the kind of person he is, which you discover are wrong.
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I had some preconceptions about what he was going to be like.

Politicians are arguing that nuclear power is safe. You are not sure how true that is.
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I don't find the arguments for nuclear power very convincing.

You used to think it would be great not to work, but then you lost your job.
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Losing my job gave me a whole new perspective on what life is like without work.

If an opinion is one that is commonly agreed on, it is the (?) opinion.
general/usual
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If an opinion is one that is commonly agreed on, it is the general opinion.

Sometimes it can be diplomatic to (?) your opinions to yourself.
keep/hold
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Sometimes it can be diplomatic to keep your opinions to yourself.

If you have an idea about something which doen't represent your company's view, it is your (?) opinion.
individual/personal
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If you have an idea about something which doen't represent your company's view, it is your personal opinion.

If someone has strong opinions and lets them be known, they might be considered (?).
opinionated/idealistic
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If someone has strong opinions and lets them be known, they might be considered opinionated.

If you disagree with someone, you might have a (?) of opinion.
split/difference
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If you disagree with someone, you might have a difference of opinion.

If there are two sides to the argument, and equal numbers of people on both sides, then we can say opinion is (?).
divided/half
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If there are two sides to the argument, and equal numbers of people on both sides, then we can say opinion is divided.

If there is no right or wrong answer, then it is just a (?) of opinion.
matter/case
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If there is no right or wrong answer, then it is just a matter of opinion.

People have a right to make their own decisions about things. In other words, they are (?) to their own opinion.
entitled/open
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People have a right to make their own decisions about things. In other words, they are entitled to their own opinion.

Sandie suggested splitting the work between us, but if you want my (?) opinion, I think it's a bad idea.
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Sandie suggested splitting the work between us, but if you want my personal opinion, I think it's a bad idea.

I honestly couldn't stand him. I found him both (?) and arrogant.
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I honestly couldn't stand him. I found him both opinionated and arrogant.

I'm afraid I don't agree. We seem to have a (?) of opinion on this one.
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I'm afraid I don't agree. We seem to have a difference of opinion on this one.

We asked over a thousand people and found that opinion was (?), with nearly forty percent against the decision.
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We asked over a thousand people and found that opinion was divided, with nearly forty percent against the decision.

I don't see how you can say that. It's a (?) of opinion.
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I don't see how you can say that. It's a matter of opinion.

You can tell him what to believe in. He's (?) to his own opinion.
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You can tell him what to believe in. He's entitled to his own opinion.

I think in this instance it might be better to (?) our opinions to ourselves.
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I think in this instance it might be better to keep our opinions to ourselves.

The (?) opinion seems to be that it would be a good idea to start now.
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The general opinion seems to be that it would be a good idea to start now.


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