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In this Spanish lesson we will see different ways make suppositions in Spanish using Spanish phrases such as Me parece que, Me imagino que and A lo mejor. These Spanish supposition phrases can be grouped into three catagories: some are used when there is a high probability that what you are supposing is true, others when there is a medium probability and others when it is less likely and there is a low probability. Phrases like this are heard all of the time in everyday Spanish conversation and so it is really important to start getting familiar with them. They are not difficult to use at all, but if you don’t know them you can easily get lost in a conversation. When learning Spanish, like any other foreign language, it is essential to build up a good arsenal of Spanish vocabulary, verbs, phrases and expressions to use in conjunction with all of the key Spanish grammar structures. If you only know the basic grammar guidelines you won’t be able to fill out your sentences or understand all of what is being said and, on the flip side, if you only learn loose words and phrases you will never be able to construct long, flowing sentences. Try to balance out what you are studying so that you end up with a well rounded and practical skill set. Practice using the Spanish phrases in this Spanish lesson as much as you can in practice written sentences and conversation with native Spanish speakers. Don’t be afraid to throw a new phrase in here and there. It is not always easy to pick the right moment, but you will generally know right away if you have used it correctly.

Lesson notes:

High probability:
Creo que: I think that
Pienso que: I think that
Me parece que: It seems to me that
Seguro que: For sure

Medium probability:
Supongo que: I suppose that
Me imagino que: I guess/imagine that
Posiblemente: Possibly
Seguramente: Possibly

Low probability:
Quizá/s: Perhaps
A lo mejor: Maybe

Activity:

Translate the following in each of the three ways (high, medium and low probability)…

Carlos and Eva are studying
Yesterday he went to a party

Here are the answers to the last activity:

¡Sin ninguna duda!
¡Jamás!
¡Ni hablar!
¿Qué dices?
¡Por supuesto! / ¡Hombre, claro!

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