I DON’T THINK / SUPPOSE / EXPECT
In English we usually say I don’t think + affirmative verb rather than I think + negative verb. Other verbs like this are believe, suppose, and expect.
- I don’t think I know you.
- I don’t expect we’ll meet again.
We can also use the verbs seem, expect, and want in the negative followed by an infinitive.
- She doesn’t seem to be very happy.
- I don’t expect to get the job.
Rewrite the following sentences, using the verb in brackets.
You haven’t met my wife. (Think)
I don’t think you have met my wife.
- You haven’t got change for a fiver. (suppose)
- This machine isn’t working. (seem)
- It wasn’t going to rain. (think)
- Their daughter won’t marry a footballer. (want)
- I wasn’t going to see you at the party. (expect)
- You haven’t met Robert recently. (suppose)
- I wouldn’t like snails. (think)
- You don’t remember me. (expect)
- She doesn’t like her job. (seem)
- She didn’t get grade A in all her exams. (Believe)
Taken from: New Headway Upper-Intermediate (Workbook), ©Liz and John Soars, Oxford University Press
- I don’t suppose you have change for a fiver.
- This machine doesn’t seem to be working.
- I didn’t think it was going to rain.
- Their daughter doesn’t want to marry a footballer.
- I didn’t expect to see you at the party.
- I don’t suppose you have met Robert recently.
- I didn’t think I would like snails.
- I didn’t expect you would remember me.
- She doesn’t seem to like her job.
- I don’t believe she got grade A in all her exams.