In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week’s language tip helps with ways in which you can express that you are not sure about something:
I think: used when you are not completely certain about something
Maybe: an informal way of saying that you are not certain about something
Perhaps: a more formal way of saying that you are not certain about something
As far as I know / To the best of my knowledge: used for saying what you think is true, though you cannot be certain because you do not know all of the facts
There’s no telling / Who’s to say? / You never can tell: used for saying that it is impossible for anyone to be certain about something
I think that’s what he said, but I can’t be certain. It was very noisy.
‘Do you think it will rain?’ ‘Maybe. We usually get lots of rain at this time of year.’
I wondered if perhaps he’d forgotten to confirm the booking.
As far as I know, he’s coming. But I haven’t spoken to him for weeks.
There’s no telling what she will do next. She’s so unpredictable.
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