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    Vocabulary: certainty or uncertainty...

    When I mention "CERTAINTY" and "UNCERTAINTY", you'll certainly imagine that we're going to deal with modal auxiliaries again, and more particularly "MUST" or "MAY"/"MIGHT". Yet, this aspect has already been studied in several lessons test, test, and test. Here, we'll deal with VOCABULARY, and with usual expressions used in precise circumstances.



    1. CERTAINTY: in order to express certitude, not having doubts, being convinced, many words and expressions are here to help you. 

     To be certain/ about something/ that                       

     To be positive about something 


     No doubt

     Sure/ surely Undoubtedly  
     Undoubted/ indubitable  Unavoidable 
     A conviction/ a firm belief  I'm convinced of it                                        




    There are many verbs with a tricky construction...

     To guarantee/ something/ that

     To make certain of sth/ that 

     To make sure of sth/ that 

     To make certain/ sure of sth/ that                             To be convinced of/ that 
     To be assured of/ that To be convinced of 
     To take sth for granted To swear that (swore, sworn)                        




    2. UNCERTAINTY: the same thing is true concerning incertitude, scepticism... and doubt in general! 

     Uncertain/ doubtful  Uncertain/ unsure about 
     Doubt Doubtful/ dubious
     Suspicion  Suspicious 
     Suspiciousness  Shady
     Sceptical/ skeptical (US) A sceptic=> scepticism
     Cynical/ a cynic/ cynicism                                      No doubt he will arrive...                                        





     To have doubts about

     To have misgivings about 

     To doubt if

     To doubt whether   

     To be dubious about 

     = To be doubtful about 

     To be in doubt about    

     To cast doubt on sth 

     To question sb

     To express one's doubts about                                    
     To doubt somebody To suspect stg/ sb of 
     To query somebody's motives                               To express reservations about 



    -  It goes without saying (that)...

    - You can bet your life that... (informal)= You can bet your bottom dollar that... (US)

    - It's undeniable that... 

    - I could swear that...// I could have sworn that... 

    - I would stake my life on it...

    - He is certain/ sure to refuse... 

    - It was bound to happen...

    - I couldn't believe my eyes/ my ears!... 

    - I have my doubts about it! 

    - There is some doubt about what actually happened! 

    - I cannot say for certain/ for sure... 

    - There's room for doubt... 

    - Nobody doubts that.../ There can be no doubt that... 

    - No doubt he will arrive... 


    1.            2.               3.     

     1.  It was bound to happen= certain to happen, inevitable. 

     2. I'd stake my life on it...= to risk my life on...                 

     3. We shouldn't take that for granted...= to treat with careless indifference. 

    A great number of expressions, extensive vocabulary... , which you don't have to remember all! Now, the test! It's quite easy! Go for it! 


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