I'm pretty sure. What is the meaning?
Does the phrase "I'm pretty sure" mean strong confidence in something? Or I didn't understand it?
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Hello Babayaga, Thanks for your question. 'Pretty' is a word that has more than one meaning and it works in different categories. As an adjective it means beautiful, I think everybody knows that meaning but as an adverb it modifies the grade of an adjective and it means 'a bit more ' 'moderately' 'to a certain extent'. In your example it means 'I am sure at an acceptable grade of security' (not insecure but not completely sure either). Notice more examples: That dress is quite expensive (outstanding because of its high price) I am pretty well at the moment ( I feel remarkably well) It's pretty soon. I think he will come later. (A little less than very soon) You can use 'quite' as a synonym as well. But be careful because 'quite' has several meanings as well and one of them is 'completely' which could be confusing. I hope you know by now the meaning of your word pretty well. :-)
Hello there , pretty in this context is used as an adjective that described this person’s confidence in a certain fact he claimed or believes. It adds extra certainty.
Hi, "I'm pretty sure" suggests someone is almost confident but not fully.
It means you are not 100% sure or almost sure.
It means you're fairly confident about something, but is often used with a certain tone of voice, such as when somebody is being sarcastic about a certain possibility.
The term "I'm pretty sure" means that you are sure, but not 100 percent sure. There is room for error and doubt.
Thank you for your question. Pretty sure shows that you are sure but not hundred percent sure of something that you're trying to say or state. Yet it shows approximate 60, 70, 80%
I would say that in this sentence, pretty means you are about 60% sure. You have not exactly checked if you are right, but you feel like you are. If you are an expert, you are 100% sure, you would say that you are absolutely sure. I am pretty sure that dogs live longer than cats. Tom was pretty sure he locked the door. Dad was pretty sure that Mom prefers red roses to yellow roses.
Pretty is a double meaning word.. One is ' beautiful, adorable as everyone knows.. Second meaning is ' enough, adequate.. Ex. I'm pretty sure, you will pass the exame. Ex. I'm pretty well now a days.
It means I'm 90% confident abt what I say
When we use the adverb of 'preety sure' it means It's using on a serious note and then It's mean it’s not that certain or clueless. It’s then mean something is almost certain of a phrase.