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June 14, 2017

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仙台のプライベート英会話講師&翻訳者デイブです。

 

今日の話題は:One-point English

 

おととい「I bet...」について話しました。「I bet...」は自信がいっぱいの「I think...」で、今日は「I bet...」の反対の表現について話したいです。「I bet...」の反対は上のタイトルの「I doubt...」と言う表現なんです。「I doubt...」は「I don't think...」の強いバージョンです。ニュアンスは「絶対〜しないと思う」に近いです。「Doubt」は元々「疑う」という意味です。

 

次、「He'll be late.」(彼は遅刻する)という文章で比べましょう:

 

肯定の極端

 

I bet he'll be late

 

I think he'll be late

 

I don't think he'll be late.

 

I doubt he'll be late.

 

否定の極端

 

例文:

 

A: I doubt it will rain. Let's have a picnic.

B: Are you crazy? It's January!

 

C: I doubt you'll pass your interview. You should start looking for another job.

D: That's not a nice thing to say.

 

E: Do you think she remembers my name?

F: I doubt it.

 

Give it a try!

 

That's it!

 

 

 

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