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 March 23, 2012 - Word of the Day: guess


When you aren't sure about an answer to a question or if you don't have needed information, you can "guess."

This is what "guess" looks like as a verb:

  • Taylor didn't know the answers to the questions on the test, so she guessed.
  • The doctor guesses that her stomach pain is being caused by stress.
  • The teacher told us it was okay to guess on the test.
  • Can you guess my age?

This is what "guess" looks like as a noun:

  • How much does that weigh? What's your guess?
  • This is just a guess, but I believe that Gloria is pregnant.
  • There's a lot of guessing going on about Kevin. Is he going to lose his job? (The word "guessing" in this sentence is a gerund.)
  • Tom thought the strange noises in his house were coming from the attic. That turned out to be a very good guess because they found a family of squirrels up there.

In conversation, many people say "I guess." Sometimes it means that you aren't sure, sometimes it means you don't care, but in other instances it's an expression without much meaning:

  • Okay, I guess you can stay here this weekend.
  • I guess it's going to rain today.
  • Our supervisor asked for our opinions, but I guess it doesn't matter because he does what he wants to do anyway.

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