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Sure,Certainly, Definitely, Absolutely - English Grammar Lesson

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In this lesson we’ll study how to use these words: sure, certainly, definitely and absolutely.

Sure

Sure is used to express certainty and shows how confident one is about something.

Conversation

Kate: It was a pleasure visiting your place,Paula

Paula: Thank you. I sure hope to see you again next weekend.

Kate:I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it next week. But I’m sure I’ll come back as soon as possible.

Paula: Be sure to let me know when you’re coming in advance. I’ll make your favorite dish.

Kate: Are you sure you wanna do this? This way I’ll keep coming back!

Paula: Yes I’m sure, Kate. You’re my best friend. It’s great to have you around.

Certainly

Certainly is used to emphasize and to show that there’s no doubt about something.

Conversation

Kate: Paula, I read your blog yesterday. You are such a great writer.

Paula: Thanks. I’m glad you liked it.

Kate: Have you always wanted to become a writer?

Paula: I certainly used to write a lot when I was younger. But I never expected to become a professional writer.

Kate: I must say you are doing good. You are certainly going to be a successful author some day.

Paula: Well, there’s certainly a long way to go.

Definitely

Definitely can be used to express definite manner, complete agreement or strong affirmation.

Conversation

Mary: Marc, did you call your mother?

Marc: Not yet. I’ll definitely call her in the evening. I’m sure she’s fine.

Mary: I’ll most definitely not accept any excuse this time. I want you to call her right now.

Marc: What’s the hurry? I told you I’ll definitely do it once I’m back from work.

Mary: Your relatives are coming over. They’ll definitely ask you for some news about her. Do you think it’ll be pretty to tell them that you have no idea?

Marc: Definitely not. I’ll call her now.

Absolutely

Absolutely is used to express that there’s no exception or to emphatically express complete agreement.

Conversation

Mary:I absolutely want to do this, Marc.

Marc: Do you have any idea of what you are saying? Why do you want to resign?

Mary: I think I’ve made my reasons for resigning absolutely clear.

Marc: I understand your reasons, Mary. But we had been considering you for a promotion.

Mary: I absolutely understand that it will be a great loss for me to leave at this point. I just can't stay any longer.

Marc: It’s your final word then.

Mary: Absolutely!


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