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    I think VS. I don't think

    Dear members,

    I have learnt that "I don't think it will rain tomorrow" sounds more natural than "I think it won't rain tomorrow". But, how about in the following situation:

    Your colleague: I'll go upstairs to make some photocopies.

    You : I think the copier isn't working. (you're sure that it's broken.)

    Still "I don't think it's working" sounds better or more natural?
    Last edited by hiroff; 05-Jun-2013 at 12:31.

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    Re: I think VS. I don't think

    I am not a native speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by hiroff View Post
    Dear members,

    I have learnt that "I don't think it will rain tomorrow" sounds more natural than "I think I won't rain tomorrow". But, how about in the following situation:

    Your colleague: I'll go upstairs to make some photocopies.

    You : I think the copier isn't working. (you're sure that it's broken.)

    Still "I don't think it's working" sounds better or more natural?
    I think that you wanted to write: "I think it won't rain tomorrow"
    About your question I think that:
    1) "I don't think it will rain tomorrow" sounds better than "I think itwon't rain tomorrow", but maybe both of them can be correct.
    2) I have an analogy opinion about your example with copier: "I don't think that it's working" sounds better than "I think the copier is not working", but, also, both of them can be correct.

    Nickle. Not a native speaker.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: I think VS. I don't think

    Thank you Nickle for your comments. I have corrected my original sentence, from "I won't rain" to "it won't rain". Thanks!

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    Re: I think VS. I don't think

    Quote Originally Posted by hiroff View Post

    Your colleague: I'll go upstairs to make some photocopies.

    You : I think the copier isn't working. (you're sure that it's broken.)

    Still "I don't think it's working" sounds better or more natural?
    Yes — 'I don't think it's working' sounds more natural, but only if you're not sure it's broken.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Jun-2013 at 12:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes — 'I don't think it's working' sounds more natural, but only if you're not sure it's broken.

    Rover
    Thank you Rover for your comments.
    So in the case that you're 100% sure that it's broken, you say "I think it's not working" rather than 'I don't think it's working'. Is that correct?

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    No. You say 'It's not working' and save him making a pointless trip upstairs.

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    Re: I think VS. I don't think

    Quote Originally Posted by hiroff View Post
    Thank you Rover for your comments.
    So in the case that you're 100% sure that it's broken, you say "I think it's not working" rather than 'I don't think it's working'. Is that correct?
    No, if you're 100% sure it's broken, then you wouldn't say "I think ..." at all. You'd say "The photocopier's broken" or "It's broken".
    "I don't think it's working", "I think it's not working" and "I think it's broken" all mean the same thing - you're not sure.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No, if you're 100% sure it's broken, then you wouldn't say "I think ..." at all. You'd say "The photocopier's broken" or "It's broken".
    "I don't think it's working", "I think it's not working" and "I think it's broken" all mean the same thing - you're not sure.
    I see! Thank you very much for the clarification! I really appreciate all those who have replied to my message.

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    Re: I think VS. I don't think

    Thank you Rover for the reply!

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