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March 12, 2013 - Word of the Day

certain

 

Use the word "certain" when something is special, definite, or particular. The pronunciation of this word is a little difficult for some students (Listen: sert'n).

  • There are certain qualifications you need for the job.
  • The mechanic needs certain parts in order to fix the car.
  • If you don't provide a certain answer on the test, it's wrong.
  • Are you certain? (Are you sure?)
  • I'm not certain. (I'm not sure.)
  • She's not certain about the cost for the repair. (She doesn't know what the cost is.)

The adverb form of this word is a popular way of saying "yes" or "of course." It's also similar to the word "very."

  • A: May I borrow your pen?
  • B: Certainly. Here you go.
  • It certainly is cold outside.
  • She certainly is qualified for the position.
  • The students certainly did well on the test.

Notice the pronunciation of this word. (Listen to your teacher pronounce it.)

 

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