if you ask me

‘if you ask me’ is C2 in the English Vocabulary Profile and is used to give opinions.

For example:

And it‘s about damned time if you ask me.

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Collocations of ‘if you ask me’ in COCA show that this is used mostly to give negative opinions.

1 STUPID 10
2 NICELY 9
3 BS 6
4 DUMB 6
5 RIDICULOUS 6
6 PATHETIC 5
7 DAMNED 5
8 IDIOTS 4
9 RISKY 4
10 CLEVER 4