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    As best as I can tell ...

    Hi

    Does "as best as I can tell" mean "according to me"?

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    Re: As best as I can tell ...

    Hi,

    No, not really. When someone uses 'as best as I can tell', it's usually means that they don't know something and they know they don't know. (shades of Rumsfeld )

    'According to me' would necessarily imply the person saying it actually knows a fact.

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    Re: As best as I can tell ...

    No, it means that it is the person's opinion given all of the knowledge he has at the moment. It's not a definitive statement, it's a "this is the way I understand it."

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    Re: As best as I can tell ...

    So it's more like "I think ..."?

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    Re: As best as I can tell ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    So it's more like "I think ..."?
    Yes, that's right.

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    Re: As best as I can tell ...

    Sort of. But maybe even 'I think' is too strong without any additional modification or restriction.

    To me 'as best as I can tell' means that I don't really know for a fact but on the evidence I have then I prefer this explanation to that explanation.

    Not sure if I'm conveying the right subtlety here but I hope you get the idea.

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    Re: As best as I can tell ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Sort of. But maybe even 'I think' is too strong without any additional modification or restriction.

    To me 'as best as I can tell' means that I don't really know for a fact but on the evidence I have then I prefer this explanation to that explanation.

    Not sure if I'm conveying the right subtlety here but I hope you get the idea.

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    In other words "I think...(but I'm not sure)"

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