I don't think so (1)
This page is about the conversational phrase I don't think so (1)
You can say this if you think something probably isn't true or possible, but you're not entirely sure.
- "Will you be back in time for the meeting?"
"I don't think so. But I might be."
- "Did they get married while they were away?"
"I don't think so, but you never know. They might be keeping it a secret."
This meaning applies when there's no clear stress on any word, or if there's a slight stress on the word "think". (See "I don't think so (2)" for the meaning if the stress is on the word "I".)
He said, "Can you fix it?" and I said, "I don't think so,
Contributor: Matt Errey