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    say for sure

    "Never used it, so cannot say for sure, but a quick search found this post"

    Would you please explain the part say for sure. It is somehow confusing to me. It does not make much sense to me but somehow I understand that it means "I am not sure."

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-winapps/evernote-storage/1ba9ee66-e234-4344-b0f6-4d2520585760

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    Re: say for sure

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "Never used it, so cannot say for sure, but a quick search found this post"

    Would you please explain the part say for sure. It is somehow confusing to me. It does not make much sense to me but somehow I understand that it means "I am not sure."
    Your understanding is correct. I can't say for sure/for certain but... means "I'm not completely sure, but I believe...."
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: say for sure

    What is confusing to you?

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    Re: say for sure

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    What is confusing to you?
    First of all, it seems to me a strange sentence. Second is "say for sure" an idiom? For sure itself does not make much sense.

    Thank you.

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    Re: say for sure

    for sure is a very common phrase.

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    Re: say for sure

    It's not a complete sentence, hhtt21. The full sentence should be something like "I have never used it so I cannot say for sure but a quick search found this post." For sure or for certain just means you are sure or certain.

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    Re: say for sure

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    It's not a complete sentence, hhtt21. The full sentence should be something like "I have never used it so I cannot say for sure but a quick search found this post." For sure or for certain just means you are sure or certain.
    The original is not grammatical, is it?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by hhtt21; 27-Jun-2017 at 21:42.

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    Re: say for sure

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    The original is not grammatical, is it?

    Thank you.
    And the original sentence is fine. It's reported speech so it's clearly exactly what the speaker said. Don't forget that native speakers don't worry too much about speaking in perfect grammatical sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: say for sure

    When writing on the internet, where speed is often more important than correct grammar, people often write like this, just as they would when taking notes, where the information is the most important thing.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Jun-2017 at 18:16. Reason: Fixing typo

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