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    I dare say

    Hello. I'm trying to improve my speaking skill and recently discovered the expression "I dare say" which I found extremely useful, probably because in my native language there is a similar expression which I use extensively.

    Is that expression perceived as old fashioned or too formal?

    Thank you!

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    Re: I dare say

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello. I'm trying to improve my speaking skill and recently discovered the expression "I dare say" which I found extremely useful, probably because in my native language there is a similar expression which I use extensively.

    Is that expression perceived as old fashioned or too formal?

    Thank you!
    It is old fashioned. Don't bother with it.

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    Re: I dare say

    Thank you for the quick reply. So, is there a synonym for this expression that has the structure "I something (to) say"? I find it so comfortable to introduce an statement with that.

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    Re: I dare say

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Thank you for the quick reply. So, is there a synonym for this expression that has the structure "I something (to) say"? I find it so comfortable to introduce an statement with that.
    There are many ways to introduce a statement, but this is not a good one these days.

    I think
    In my opinion
    I feel
    I say
    In my view

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    The link to the Oxford Learners' Dictionary is irrelevant to the discussion at hand. It is perfectly okay to use "dare" when actual daring is involved.

    MikeNewYork is right: Hardly anybody still says "I daresay" to mean "I think" or "in my opinion." It is obsolete.

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    What about "I venture to say"? I guess is to formal to use it in spoken English, but maybe when writing it's OK. Am I wrong?

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    What about "I venture to say"? I guess is to formal to use it in spoken English, but maybe when writing it's OK. Am I wrong?
    Again, a bit dated.

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    Re: I dare say

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    What about "I venture to say"? I guess is to formal to use it in spoken English, but maybe when writing it's OK. Am I wrong?
    It may cling to life, but barely. My late father used to say it, but he would be 92 if alive today.

    What's wrong with "I guess"... whatever proposition"? That is about as standard a phrase as you will find in AmE, and it means I dare to claim. Isn't that what you are looking for? I don't think British people say "I guess" very much, but they still have "I suppose."

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    Re: I dare say

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello. I'm trying to improve my speaking skill and recently discovered the expression "I dare say" which I found extremely useful, probably because in my native language there is a similar expression which I use extensively.

    Is that expression perceived as old fashioned or too formal?

    Thank you!
    I use that expression every couple of months. But if you find it "extremely useful", I dare say you're overusing it badly.
    Yes, it's a bit old-fashioned and formal, but that's the sort of language I sometimes use if that's what I really want to say.

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