what do you think? | what do you reckon?

This page is about the conversational phrase what do you think? | what do you reckon?


You can use this to ask someone what they think about something, or if they think something's a good idea.

For example

  • After my husband suggested going to the beach, I said, "What do you think, kids? Do you want to go to the beach?"

  • "I thought we could visit Mum today. What do you reckon?"
    "Sure. But we'd better call and let her know."

"What do you reckon?" sounds quite informal to many people, whereas "What do you think?" only sounds informal if it's used as a rhetorical question, as in "Is it cold there in winter?" "What do you think? Of course it is."

Quick Quiz

You can say "What do you think?" or "What do you reckon?" after

a. making a suggestion

b. making an apology

c. making an excuse

Contributor: Matt Errey