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Expressing Ideas

Expressing Ideas – Responding to the meaning in transactional (to get things done) and interpersonal (social) officially and continued (sustained) conversation accurately, fluently, and in an acceptable way that uses a variety of languages spoken in the daily life context and involves speech acts: expressing ideas

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In this lesson you will learn about how to express an idea in the daily life context.

Expressing Ideas

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This picture describes a student who is presenting her Biology project about ecosystem. She shares her idea about how to increase quality fish after doing research for a couple of weeks. In this lesson, you will learn about how to express your ideas in English. You can read its definition and the purpose below before learning how to use its phrases in daily life context.

Definition and Purpose of Expressing Idea

Expressing idea is some language function to express someone’s opinion or thought about something that contains comment, argument, and suggestion. For example, you are the leader of a team that receives an assignment to make a group performance. You don’t have any ideas on how to make a good performance. What you will probably do is asking your friends to contribute their ideas.

From the illustration above, giving ideas aims to share and express someone’s thoughts, ideas, or plans in a certain situation. Everybody has the right to express their ideas. They also have the right to accept or refuse others’ ideas. However, in the expression of giving ideas, you should pay attention to the following rule:

  • Use positive sentence so that people can accept your idea well.
  • Use the proper phrase in expressing idea based on the context.

There are various contexts of usage and you should know how to use them based on the appropriate contexts. To understand about how the language expressions are used, you can pay attention to the phrases below.

Asking for ideas

  • Do you have any idea?
  • Can you give me an idea?
  • Can you tell me your ideas?
  • What do you think about ….?

Giving Ideas

  • I think ….
  • How if ….
  • I suggest ….
  • In my view ….
  • In my opinion ….
  • Why don’t you ….
  • It would be better if ….
  • I would like to share ….

Responding to Ideas

  • Accepting Response
  • Great!
  • That’s brilliant!
  • It sounds good.
  • I agree with you.
  • That’s a good idea.
  • That’s a good way.

Refusing Response

  • I think that’s not a good idea.
  • I disagree with you
  • I’m not sure with that.
  • No.

Do you understand?

To understand how to use the phrases above, see the following conversation:

Conversation 1

Nita : The traffic is bad recently. I’m almost late to school.
Yuri : Yes. It is so irritating.
Nita : I think the government should make a new rule about using cars.
Yuri : If I worked for the government, I would ban people having more than one car at their family.

  • The underlined sentence in the conversation above shows that Nita gives her idea to solve the problem of traffic jams.

Conversation 2
Indra : What are you doing?
Rifk : I’m thinking about art project.
Indra : Wow, it must be interesting.
Rifki : But, I have no idea how to do it.
Indra : You like painting, don’t you? Why don’t you make a painting?
Rifki : That’s not a good idea when I don’t have much money to buy canvas and the paints.

  • The conversation above tells Rifki’s art project. Indra tries to give him ideas to make painting, (see the italic sentence) but he refuses it because he doesn’t have much money. (see the underlined sentence)

Conversation 3
Dika : Ah, who did smoke in the toilet? The smell was very bad.
Adit : How if we tell it to the teacher. So, the students who are smokers can’t smoke here again.
Dika : That’s a good idea.

  • The conversation above tells Dika and Adit feels bothered because of bad smell in the toilet. Adit gives ideas to tell it to the teacher (see the italic sentence) and Dika accepts his friend’s idea (see the underlined sentence).


  • Expressing ideas and opinions is part of everyday’s dynamic. People often share ideas to tell what they think or feel about something.
  • People share ideas and opinions in various social contexts, such as at school, at home, and when they are at work.
  • The way people express their ideas and opinions vary in the degree of formality.
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