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Hi everyone.

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.
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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?

1) I think he'll do it.

2) I suppose he'll do it.

3) I believe he'll do it.
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.

CJ