When one use the phrase "I think so",what are they saying?
Can that be considered an incomplete thought?
Awesome question... I have thought about it too. I think it might be a way for the person to protect themselves from being incorrect, almost like saying "I don't know so". That's my thoughts anyway : )
Usually, when I use this phrase, I mean to protect myself from being cornered IF incorrect
I think when I use this phrase, I want to comment on something and be in the spotlight but again since not sure of it, I tend to say, "I think so" )
i use that term and to me it means i'm only giving my opinion and not actual facts.
I usually tend to use this term when I'm not pretty sure about an answer to the question. This line is usually used by people when there is an existence of probability of a wrong answer too. This saves them from being sidelined from the rest of the lot if the answer is incorrect. This is the easiest and safest way of saying I'm not sure.
I think it depends on the person and the situation. It could be a genuine response meaning... I believe this to be this way - but I am not 100% positive on it.
OR it could be someone lying or persuading someone a certain way, but leaving the door open just a crack so they can back out of actually lying to someone.
Thus it could be genuine or manipulative, it really depends on the person and/or the circumstance.
- Best Wishes
I normally say I think so when I'm completely uncertain what to do. I don't like to be a complete novice at most things, so if it's not of huge importance, I'll pretend to know what to do, so if the other gets it right; I'll look clever!
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