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    Well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.

    Hi,

    Is the sentence below correct? Even the phrase "I guess" is just separated by a comma? If so, how do we call this pattern?

    Well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Is the sentence below correct? Even the phrase "I guess" is just separated by a comma? If so, how do we call this pattern?

    Well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.

    Many thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Ferdie.

    (1) Oh, yes, that sentence is perfect.

    (2) We often speak like that.

    (3) Some books call "I guess" a comment clause. That is, the speaker

    is commenting on "There's a first time for everything." (Some books just call "I guess" a sentence adverb.)

    (a) A very famous grammar book gives some more:

    There's a first time for everything, _____.

    I guess
    I believe
    I think
    I feel
    I suppose
    I'm told
    I have heard
    They say
    They tell me

    (b) This same book (A COMPREHENSIVE GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH

    LANGUAGE) says that we can change a sentence such as:

    (a) There's a first time for everything, I guess.

    TO

    (b) I guess that there's a first time for everything.

    Sometimes there is a difference between (a) and (b), but I do NOT

    know whether there is a difference between your (a) and (b) sentences.

    Maybe they are the same. Hopefully, a smarter answerer can explain it to

    you and me.



    Here is an example from that book that shows you a difference:

    (a) It belongs to me, you know. = I want you to know that fact.

    (b) You know that it belongs to me. = You already know that fact.

    ***** Thank you for asking the question *****

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