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    wary, cautious, distrusful, careful?

    "I am a little wary/cautious/careful/distrustful about the stories she tells."

    hi,
    what is the best adjective to express the idea that one doesn't trust very much in someone else, please?
    thanks.

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    Exclamation Re: wary, cautious, distrusful, careful?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I am a little wary/cautious/careful/distrustful about the stories she tells."

    hi,
    what is the best adjective to express the idea that one doesn't trust very much in someone else, please?
    thanks.
    My first choice is careful followed by cautious. because these are fairly moderate adjectives while other two are extreme.

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    Re: wary, cautious, distrusful, careful?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I am a little wary/cautious/careful/distrustful about the stories she tells."

    hi,
    what is the best adjective to express the idea that one doesn't trust very much in someone else, please?
    thanks.
    I'd go with "distrustful". That's what not trusting someone means.
    Also, "a little" may be too little. How about "I'm rather/quite distrustful about the stories she tells".
    "I have my doubts about the stories she tells".
    "I am doubtful about her stories". Add "a little/rather/quite" if you like.

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    Re: wary, cautious, distrustful, careful?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'd go with "distrustful". That's what not trusting someone means.
    Also, "a little" may be too little. How about "I'm rather/quite distrustful about the stories she tells".
    "I have my doubts about the stories she tells".
    "I am doubtful about her stories". Add "a little/rather/quite" if you like.

    thanks.
    how about the word 'unconfident', please? could I have used it in this sentence? an English teacher, native from Ireland, taught me this word. I can't find it in any dictionary despite having found it on CAE.
    "I am unconfident about the stories she tells...".
    thanks.

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    Re: wary, cautious, distrustful, careful?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks.
    how about the word 'unconfident', please? could I have used it in this sentence? an English teacher, native from Ireland, taught me this word. I can't find it in any dictionary despite having found it on CAE.
    "I am unconfident about the stories she tells...".
    thanks.
    Yes, that's a word. But I think the others are better.

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    #6

    Re: wary, cautious, distrusful, careful?

    How about:
    I am doubtful about the stories she tells.

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    #7

    Re: wary, cautious, distrusful, careful?

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi jctgt,
    unconfident = adj. - lacking or marked by a lack of surety.

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