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    , I don't believe/I believe.

    They aren't at home, I don't believe/I believe.

    Here in this context do both negative and positive comment clauses expressive roughly the same thing, that is, 'I don't think they are at home'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: , I don't believe/I believe.

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    They aren't at home, I don't believe/I believe.
    This is not a tag, but a statement of the speaker's belief. It's equivalent to:

    I believe (that) they they are not at home.
    I don't believe (that) they are at home.

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    Re: , I don't believe/I believe.

    .. It may sometimes look like a tag, if the speaker changes his or her mind, and starts with a definite 'They're not in' and then comtinues... '[that is] I don't believe they are'.

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