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German Expressions

Doubt and Certainty


Want to express your doubt to someone in German? Or the opposite - you need to convince somebody of your conviction? Well, take your pick! The following is a handful of German expressions of doubt and certainty that will relay just that.

  • Expressing doubt, uncertainty and probability

    Ich zweifle daran, dass… - I doubt it that…

    Wer weiß? - Who knows

    Man weiß nie! - One never knows!

    Ich frage mich ob…… - I wonder if/I ask myself whether…

    Es kann sein - It could be

    Er könnte… - He could…

    Vielleicht - Maybe

    Warscheinlich - Probably

    Ich nehme an/ Ich vermute - I suppose

    Anscheinend - Apparently

    Es besteht die Möglichkeit... - It is possible that....

    Es könnte sein… - It could be…

    Er scheint... - He seems…

    Es sieht so aus… - It looks like…

    Höchstwarscheinlich - Most likely

    Ich habe den Eindruck… - I have the impression that…

  • Expressing certainty

    Gewiss - For sure

    Bestimmt - Definitely

    Freilich - Of course, certainly

    Sicherlich/ Natürlich - Of course

    Offensichtlich - Obviously

    Unbeschreitbar - Indisputably

    Zweifellos/ Ohne Zweifel - Without a doubt

    Es steht fest, dass… - It is clear that… Es liegt auf der Hand - Without a doubt

    Ich bin mir sicher, dass - I am sure that…

    I am convinced - Ich bin davon überzeugt

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