for sure vs sure : Common Errors in English

About for sure vs sure

In casual speech, when you agree with somebody’s statement, you may say “for sure.” Your date says ”That was outstanding tiramisu.” and you, wanting to show how in tune you are, reply “For sure!” You can also use the phrase to mean “for certain,” as in “I couldn’t tell for sure that the bench was wet until I sat on it.”But people often substitute this phrase when they should use plain old “sure,” as in “I couldn’t be for sure.” That should be “I couldn’t be sure.”

for sure Meaning(s)

  • (s) not open to doubt
  • (r) definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')

sure Meaning(s)

  • (a) having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
  • (s) exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
  • (a) certain to occur; destined or inevitable
  • (s) physically secure or dependable
  • (s) reliable in operation or effect
  • (s) (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence
  • (s) infallible or unfailing
  • (s) certain not to fail
  • (s) impossible to doubt or dispute
  • (r) definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')

for sure in News

sure in News

  1. Moss has 2 HRs, Straily pitches A's past Yanks 5-2

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sure, Brandon Moss would like to have more than five hits in his last 40 at-bats. It's not so bad, though, considering all five have cleared the fences.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Heidi Klum and Boyfriend Martin Kristen Hold Hands, Snuggle Up After Reported Restaurant Fight

    Sure looks like things are going just fine between Heidi Klum and her bodyguard boyfriend. The Project Runway host and Martin Kristen were quite the affectionate couple Sunday in NYC,...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: E! Online

  3. Are We Sure This Is Progress?

    Are We Sure This Is Progress?        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

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