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    Smile assert/assume/claim

    Our teacher asserts/assumes/claims that Finnish is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.




    For me, all the three underlined words fit in the above sample, but I'd like to if there are marginal differences in meanings to you? Thanks.
    Last edited by angliholic; 01-Dec-2007 at 17:54.

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    Re: assert/assume/claim

    'to assume something' implies that you make a judgement about something without examining all the evidence. For example, 'You shouldn't assume students have understood what you said, you should check first.'
    See also 'to make an assumption about something'

    'to assert something' = to state a fact confidently
    'to claim something' = to say that something is true
    'assert' and 'claim' can sometimes be used as near synonyms, though they are used slightly differently in different contexts.

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    Re: assert/assume/claim

    Thanks, Clare.

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