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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. :-)
Though not a formal expression but is used to betray a confidence in one’s observation. It can be demonstrated in the following dialogues Are you sure she will join us? I am pretty sure she will come.
It basically means that one is not a 100% certain/sure, but one is more than 50% certain/sure. I hope this answers your question🙂
Hello Babayaga, "I am pretty sure" spoken in a held-back sort of way. This means, that I am wondering if I was wrong. I am inviting comments. This is a polite way of saying someone else is wrong.
Hi babayaga, "I'm pretty sure" means that you are 75-85% sure or you are almost sure.
When you use that phrase it is usually when you are not confident or sure about your answer. What to say that is confident is 'I am sure' and another way of saying pretty sure is probably.
It means, 'quite certain', relative to an approximation of say, 90% vs 100% certainty
It means almost sure
It means I am quite sure (75% ) .
It means almost sure maybe 85% sure of the facts
it means that someone is confident in what they know. They have all the evidence they are certain about the situation. I hope this helps