WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
according to
‘according to’
You can use according to when you want to report what someone said.
According to Dr Santos, the cause of death was drowning.
You can also use according to when you want to report information given in a book or a document.
The road was forty miles long, according to my map.
In conversation, instead of saying ‘According to George, the roads are very slippery this morning’, you often say ‘George says the roads are very slippery this morning’.
Arnold says they do this in Essex as well.
Car sales have fallen this year, the report says.
‘in my opinion’
If you want to emphasize that what you are saying is your own opinion, you say ‘In my opinion...’ or ‘In our opinion...’.
In my opinion we face a national emergency.
The temple gets crowded, and in our opinion it's best to visit it in the evening.
Be careful
Don't say ‘according to me’ or ‘according to us’.
Be careful
Don't use according to and opinion together. Don't say, for example, ‘According to the bishop’s opinion, the public has a right to know'. You say ‘The bishop’s opinion is that the public has a right to know'.
The psychiatrist's opinion was that John was suffering from depression.
Opinions
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