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Does the phrase "I don't think" imply that the speaker does not use his brain? Or should it not be taken literally?
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Hello, Guest,
Taken as it stands, "I don't think." (full stop) it may mean that the speaker doesn't use his/her brain as you say, or that s/he acts on implusion.
However, it's mostly used as follows:
1. A: "Do you think it is going to rain?" - B: "I don't think so" (my opinion is that it is not going to rain)
2. "I don't think he's going to win the race" (my opinion is that he won't win ...)
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'I don't think!' can also be a sarcastic retort.

'I see that our boss has given himself an 'excellent' rating for 'people management skills' in his annual assessment'

'Yeah, I don't think!'

(Meaning I think that he is terrible at people management skills).

Has to be done in a certain tone of voice though...
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Dear Guest,

Think about it:
"I think, so I am"

Best regards,
Goldmund
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