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What is the difference between" I think", "I guess" "I recon"? I am very confused how to use it correctly.
Jan 20, 2011 1:15 AM
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I think - based on what is in your mind at that moment. You're using what you know, but it's not a definite conclusion. You'll have to explain yourself. I guess - you're using a bit more imagination. This can mean you're not so sure, but at least you don't have to explain yourself. Apparently the etymology refers to taking aim at a target. I reckon - your conclusion based on what you know. In the neighbouring language Dutch, "een rekening" is an account, an invoice or a calculation. You get the idea. :) In English , it's used more colloquially. Not only central south USA uses this, Australians often use it too.
January 20, 2011
Use "I think" when you have a definite idea about something. Use "I guess" when you are not so definite, have some uncertainty, or don't care much one way or the other. Use "I reckon" when you want to sound like a cowboy, or someone from Texas or Oklahoma.
January 20, 2011
Haha I like "I reckon": "You're the boss here, I reckon." (with blood all over the face) "Yeah, you got that right, you pathetic m-f."
January 20, 2011
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