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    #1

    I think not= Yes, she does OR No, she doesn't?

    --She doesn't want a real investigation, does she?
    --I think not.

    This dialogue is taken from the entry of 'I THINK SO' in the COLLINS COBUILD ENGLISH USAGE. Could I ask if 'I think not' in this context means 'Yes, she wants a real investigation' or 'No, she doesn't want a real investigation'?

    And how about if the answer is 'I think so'?

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    Re: I think not= Yes, she does OR No, she doesn't?

    "I think not": the speaker's opinion is that "she does not want a real investigation."

    "I think so" could be ambiguous here, and therefore should be avoided in this situation.

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