Effective Communication


Have you ever felt uncertain before but do not know how to express it in words? Especially, in a formal meeting where you do not know what to say or seem not sure, and you do not want to sound rude or sarcastic.

Through this article, you will learn how to express it confidently. More than expressing it, you will learn the right words to say and the tone when you express it because it is part of having effective communication.

Uncertainty, doubt, or lack of knowledge means that a person is being unsure of something. It can be expressed in different ways. It can be expressed through phrases, modal verbs, and adverbs.


Phrases such as “I think”, “I guess”, “I suppose”, “It’s possible”, or “I reckon” are used to express uncertainty. This perspective is “first person”. It is more about expressing how you feel about it.

Sentence Examples:

  1. I think I am falling for you.
  2. I guess that you went to school to check on your crush if he is around.
  3. It is possible that they will go to Hawaii next year.
  4. I reckon that we will have to leave early for the trip.
  5. I suppose he will be around later or tomorrow.
  6. I think I will go to the supermarket later to buy vegetables.
  7. I guess you are interested to know her.


Adverbs can be used to express uncertainty, such as “apparently”, “probably”, and “possibly”. By using this, you are uncertain about something or someone and it shows the level of uncertainty.


  • Apparently, the supermarket will close at 8 o’clock in the evening.
  • Apparently, it is too difficult to think of.


  • My Lazada order will probably arrive this evening or tomorrow morning.
  • He’s probably going to Malaybalay City to attend a seminar.


  • Possibly, we will be going to Hawaii for a vacation.
  • I will possibly start my thesis introduction tonight.

If phrases are more on expressing feelings and adverbs are more on the level of uncertainty, modal verbs will be more on “when”. Is it the past, present, future, or general?

Modal form


Past – modal + “have” + verb

Sentence Examples:

  1. Lanie is not around. She must have gotten sick.
  2. My father must have taken our cat to the veterinary.
  3. The little boy is playing around. He must have gotten bored waiting for his mom.

Present – modal + “be” + verb-ing

  1. I might be going to the gym tonight.
  2. Matthew might be surveying for our research paper tomorrow morning.
  3. My boyfriend is busy tomorrow. He might be studying for his midterm exam on Wednesday.

Future – modal + verb

  1. Maybe someday, he might work in New York City.
  2. Laura told me that they might migrate to London next year.
  3. My brother asked me if I am in a relationship with someone, he might want to know the name of the person.

When going through that process, you might want to discuss your doubts with others or ask for additional time to consider it. When in doubt, use the appropriate words.





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