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    I'm looking for your expert opinion 3

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the following sentences?

    1.1.“I guess you’re right about it, Ben”, he said.
    1.2.“I believe you’re right about it, Ben, he said.

    2.1. I wish you’d quit arguing.
    2.2. I wish you’d stop arguing.

    3.1. Are you figuring on leaving town?
    3.2. Are you thinking of leaving town?
    3.3. Are you planning to leave town?

    4.1. She will be wearing herself to a frazzle with all that work.
    4.2. She will be wearing herself out with all that work.

    5.1. Don’t bother about it. I’ll get everything fixed.
    5.2. Don’t bother about it. I’ll get everything arranged.

    6.1. I reckon it’s something I ought to accept.
    6.2. I believe it’s something I ought to accept.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Re: I'm looking for your expert opinion 3

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the following sentences?

    1.1.ďI guess youíre right about it, BenĒ, he said.
    1.2.ďI believe youíre right about it, Ben," he said.

    In 1.1, I may have thought otherwise before, or otherwise have had some doubts about Ben's opinion.

    2.1. I wish youíd quit arguing.
    2.2. I wish youíd stop arguing.

    I don't see any difference here.

    3.1. Are you figuring on leaving town?
    3.2. Are you thinking of leaving town?
    3.3. Are you planning to leave town?


    3.1 is not idiomatic.
    3.2 asks about what is being considered. 3.3 shows I think the person may be further along in the thinking process, perhaps making plans, not just considering it.


    4.1. She will be wearing herself to a frazzle with all that work.
    4.2. She will be wearing herself out with all that work.

    4.1 is obviously an idiom and more colloquial. Perhaps being worn "to a frazzle" is more exhausted than simply worn out, but there's not much difference besides being more informal.

    5.1. Donít bother about it. Iíll get everything fixed.
    5.2. Donít bother about it. Iíll get everything arranged.

    5.1 There was a problem, but I am taking care of it.
    5.2 The plans haven't been made yet, but I will do it.

    6.1. I reckon itís something I ought to accept.
    6.2. I believe itís something I ought to accept.

    6.1 "I reckon" is informal in the US and used mainly in the South and maybe West. If you said "I reckon" in a business meeting in the northeastern part of the country where I live, your colleagues would perhaps tease you about it. It sounds like "cowboy talk."

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    These are just the musings of a northeastern-US raised speaker, and not a teacher.

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