Pretty sure definition

I was talking with a friover of mine when she told me that "pretty sure" means something like "more or less sure". I"ve sầu always known that it meant "totally sure" and was astonished khổng lồ find this out.

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Thinking about it, I could not remember why or how I learned the wrong meaning and looking on the Internet I found more people that thought the same before being corrected.

Edit: I do know that there is a question answering the meaning of the expression. What I"m trying lớn find out with this one is the reason why some people like me learned the wrong meaning and was sure it was correct. Sorry if I wasn"t clear enough.

What could be the origin of such misunderstanding?

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Pretty sure does NOT mean totally sure - that"s khổng lồ say certain. If some people think differently, they"ve sầu been misled.

Adding pretty is a way of hedging your bets when you express an opinion but want lớn leave yourself with a get-out in case you"re wrong.

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It"s equivalent khổng lồ saying I"m almost sure.

I"m pretty sure I locked the door when we left

leaves you with room khổng lồ apologise if you find out that you"re wrong

I"m totally sure (or **certain) commits you

Get it wrong & you may be in trouble.

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What does "I'm pretty sure" mean?

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answered Jan 4 "19 at 23:43

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