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a) I do believe I just enjoyed cooking for the first time in my life.
b) I believe I just enjoyed cooking for the first time in my life.
What's the difference?
I mean that you have posted a very interesting question, about the difference between "I believe" and "I do believe".
By posting my comment, it means that under "My Posts", your question will come up as one that I'm interested in, and so I can follow what people say.
I haven't posted an actual reply to the question, because I think it's important that non-native speakers also have an opportunity to test their understanding of English first. Someone else will/may post a good understanding of the difference.
If not, then I'll give it a go.
Just be patient.
Here we go! The French has posted part of the puzzlement: for emphasis
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Here is one possibility for the use of "do" here.
The "do" is often used to be emphatic.
A: You don't know him.
B:. Yes I do.
A; No, I'm sure you don't.
B: I tell you, I do know him.
That's not quite the case here. It's more like a self-directed form of emphasis -- the person is, perhaps, a bit surprised that he/she had fun cooking.
"I do believe... "is roughly the same as "I'm a bit surprised (at myself) for finding this to be true."
You might also use it the same way in a sentence like this: I do believe you're blushing! (I'm surprised/amused to realize that you are blushing.)
Others may have other opinions.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Hi guys .. this is the first reply to me in the forum
As for your question, in my opinion
( I do believe ) is more strong than ( I believe )
So, is "do" in this case similar to "really"? I mean, does "I do believe that..." equal to "I really believe that..."?
Am I right?
maybe you are right .. thx