AEE 594: Should You Open a Conversation in English with Doubt About a Topic?

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Should you open a conversation in English by showing doubt about a topic?

Today you’ll learn four English phrases to open a conversation by admitting that you don’t know much about the topic.

Is this a good way to communicate?

We’ll discuss it today.

 

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How to say you’re not 100 percent sure about something:

  • “Correct me if I’m wrong, but…..”
  • “I’m not 100 percent on this, but…”
  • “I could be getting mixed up, but…”
  • “Weren’t you/didn’t you…or was that someone else?”

 

To think about:

Consider whether you need to say this or not.

When you express uncertainty about something it can show a lack of confidence if you’re saying it too often.

Listen to the episode to find out what Lindsay’s and Michelle’s opinions are about this topic.

 

Let us know your opinion. Is it a good idea to open a statement by showing uncertainty about something?

Do you do this in your native language?

Let us know in the comments below.

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