I think, I guess, I believe (2)

2013/03/27

"I guess the president is a busy guy."  
This is something I believe to be true, but I don't really have any evidence.  I don't know the president or live with him, so I can't be 100% sure this is a true situation.

Now "I think 〜  " also doesn't need evidence of truth, but there's a slight note of more certainty in it ...

"I suppose 〜  " is the same as "I guess 〜  ", but could be a bit more formal.

Some people say "I bet 〜  ".  For example, "I bet the staff of that shop are very busy on Saturdays."
"I bet 〜 " is very similar to the previous phrases, but is used more in casual conversation.  "I bet you're tired." is something a wife might say when her husband comes home from work.

By the way, The negative form of "I think" is made by adding don't between "I" and "think". ex: "I don't think it will rain tomorrow."
For "I guess" and "I suppose", we can put the word not after them, if it's answering a question: Is it going to be a busy day at work ?"  "I guess not", or "I don't think so."  This shows the speaker's opinion (withour any facts) that it won't be a busy day at work.          (G.K)

お役立ち英会話表現 34
guess       推測する
evidence    証拠
by the way  ところで
at work     仕事で

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