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11 / 05 / 2005

TO GUESS (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we are continuing with the verb to guess; we will look at a conversational use of the verb which is very common, especially in US English. Today's expressions is: I guess It is used: when you are saying something that you think is probably true or correct. Example 1 I have a lot of work, but I guess I'll go with you this weekend. When we use this expressions we are less committed to what we are saying. In Example 1 the speaker is saying he will go, but the expression I guess adds a certain amount of doubt or unwillingness. The speaker in Example 2 is much more decided. Example 2 I have a lot of work, but I will go with you this weekend. Example 3 Speaker 1: So you won't be coming this weekend? Speaker 2: I guess not. The closest equivalent expression I can think of in Spanish is suponer. Example 1 (in Spanish) Tengo mucho trabajo, pero supongo que iré contigo este fin de semana. Can you think of other ways to translate this expression? If you have any questions about this conversational use of the verb guess, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!


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