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October 13, 2020

Ten expressions for speculating

Ten expressions for speculating


Hey there and welcome to another episode of The Art of Business English. This week I am going to be introducing you to some very native expressions that we often use to speculate.

So, here is the definition of speculate, so you are clear where we are going with this today. Meaning, to consider or think curiously about (something); suppose, propose, or wonder.

As you can see from the above example, speculating is a very important and commonly used function of business. Speculating can also mean betting on the stock market. Today, however, we are going to be focusing on the type of language we can use when we want to consider or propose something, as this is very useful in our daily business interactions.

Let’s dive in. 

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To wonder

Meaning: to think about and ask oneself about something.
To be curious about.

Example: I wonder what time Jim will arrive.

Kind of

Meaning: to some (great or small) extent

Example: she kind of looks lost, maybe you should see if she is OK. 

Hazard a guess

Meaning: Take an uncertain guess at something

Example: I’d hazard a guess and say that he was born in Brazil. 

Looks to me

Meaning: seems, to me, I guess or appears to me to be

Example: It looks to me as though we won’t meet our expansion targets. 

Make a guess


Meaning: to give an opinion about (something) without enough evidence or without knowing for certain if it is true.

Example: f I had to make guess; I’d say that he’s about seventy years old.

To give the impression of

Meaning: to seem or appear like

Example: He gives the impression of someone who can’t be trusted. 

Seems to me

Meaning: appears or looks like

Example: It seems to me that we need to make some adjustments to our initial plan.

Pretty sure

Meaning: quite certain or almost certain about something

Example: I am pretty sure that we agreed in the last meeting that the deadline was this Friday. Can someone check the minutes? 

Dare say

Meaning: take a risk in saying something you’re not 100% sure about

Example: I dare say you seem to have got your dates confused. The meeting isn’t until next week.

Could be

Meaning: to express possibility

Example: He could be the new hire, but I can’t say for sure. 

Final thoughts


I hope you enjoyed these ten useful expressions to help you speculate. Now, my advice to you is to be on the look out for situations at work this week for opportunities to use one or some of these expressions. I am sure if you start being aware of the contents of your next email or business meeting you will quickly find a chance to use some of these.

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Andrew


Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

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