Sure vs. Unsure LanguageWritten by Scott Dreyer
Recently a member of our DreyerCoaching teacher team and I were working with a Chinese professional man and his American supervisor. We were working on helping the Chinese man write better emails in English. One big issue was: expressing certainty and uncertainty. This is important, because you need to tell your reader (or listener) how sure you are about something.
Take a look at these words and phrases you can use in your communication:
|CERTAIN / SURE||UNCERTAIN / UNSURE|
|I am sure that....||I think .... I believe....|
|We have already ...||We could ....|
|We do have ...||We might be able to ....|
|It is clear that...||It is possible that....|
|Surely||I am not sure that....|
|There is no doubt that...||There is some doubt that...|
|Maybe / Perhaps|
|In my opinion...|
A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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