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    redundant expressions

    Hi everyone,

    It's said that native speakers usually add some redundant stuff while they are talking, for instance, i suppose I have to say blah blah..

    My question is, what is the difference between these expressions I guess/I suppose/I think? Are they interchangeable?

    Also, can I use any of the following expressions without confusing my listeners? That is to say, are they correct in grammar and interchangeable too?
    1. I suppose I have to say
    2. I suppose I would have to say
    3. I suppose I gotta say
    4. I suppose I'd like to say
    5. I suppose I could (possibly) say


    Thanks.


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    Re: redundant expressions

    Not necessarily interchangeable.

    I guess - speculative

    I suppose - contemplative

    I think - definitive

    1. I suppose I have to say

    [contemplative] must say

    2. I suppose I would have to say

    [contemplative] "would" serves as an auxiliary function in this scenario, expressing a presupposed preference

    3. I suppose I gotta say -

    [contemplative] Colloquial speech. Technically the same meaning as "have," but this conveys a self generated desire to express oneself

    4. I suppose I'd like to say

    [contemplative] Combination of 2 & 3.

    5. I suppose I could (possibly) say

    [contemplative] indicating a possibility or opportunity for expression

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