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Could you tell me the difference between the three: think, suppose, and believe?
For example, how do you see nuances among these?
1) I think he'll do it.
2) I suppose he'll do it.
3) I believe he'll do it.
Or would it be better to use other auxiliary verbs than 'will'?
Any idea be welcome.
Thanks in advance.
T509would it be better to use other auxiliary verbs than 'will'?The tense of the proposition is immaterial.
I think he'll do it. I think he does it. I think he's doing it. I think he did it. I think he has done it. I think he may do it. I think he will have done it. I think he could have done it. I think he had been doing it. ...
T509how do you see nuances among these?And there's also
I assume he'll do it.
I presume he'll do it.
I imagine he'll do it.
I guess he'll do it.
I reckon he'll do it.
They are all very very close in meaning.
believe is the strongest and perhaps a little formal.
think is probably the most common and neutral.
assume shows the speaker takes it for granted.
presume is very formal but like assume.
suppose introduces perhaps a greater degree of uncertainty.
imagine and guess are like suppose.
suppose, imagine, and guess may indicate the speaker's lack of concern about the issue.
reckon is regional and informal.
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