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There are a number of ways to guess in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • I'd say he's about ready to quit his job.
  • It might need some oil.
  • He could be in the garden.
  • It looks like a miniature motor.
  • Perhaps he needs some time off work.
  • Maybe they want to come and visit this summer.
  • It's difficult to say, but I'd guess that it's used for cleaning house.
  • I'm not really sure, but I think they enjoy hiking in the mountains.

After you study these constructions, take the guessing quiz to check your understanding.

More English Functions

Disagreeing
Contrasting Ideas
Making Complaints
Asking for Information
Giving Advice
Guessing
Being Imprecise or Vague
Saying 'No' Nicely
Showing Preferences
Making Suggestions
Offering Help
Giving Warning
Demanding Explanations

Construction

Formula Form
I'd say he's about ready to quite his job. Use 'I'd say' an independent clause.
It might need some oil. Use 'might' the base form of the verb.
He could be in the garden. Use 'could' the base form of the verb.
It looks like a miniature motor. Use the verb 'look like' a noun.
Perhaps he needs some time off work. Begin the sentence with 'perhaps'.
Maybe they want to come and visit this summer. Begin the sentence with 'maybe'.
It's difficult to say, but I'd guess that it's used for cleaning house. Use the phrase 'It's difficult to say, but I'd guess' an independent clause.
I'm not really sure, but I think they enjoy hiking in the mountains. Use the phrase 'I'm not really sure, but I think' an independent clause.

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