“I doubt I'll get much for it.”

English Lesson: I doubt I'll get much for it.

You have an old car that has lots of engine problems. Your sister is trying to convince you to sell it, but you don't want to. You say this because you don't think you can make a lot of money by selling it to someone.

I doubt I'll get much for it.

I doubt (clause)

"I doubt ___" means "I don't think ___":

I doubt I'll be able to make it.

I doubt the weather will be any better tomorrow.

But you can't substitute "I doubt" for "I don't think" in sentences like this one:

I don't think he should do that.

In this sentence, "I think" is used to express your opinion. "I doubt" can only replace "I don't think ___" when it's being used to make a guess.

The phrase "I doubt ___" carries a greater level of disbelief than "I don't think ___". In other words, use "I doubt ___" for things that you really don't think are true.

get much for (something)

"Get much for ___" means to make a lot of money when you sell something. People usually use this phrase to talk about selling their used items.

Did you get much for the Toyota?

I didn't get much for it.

When you pronounce the phrase "get much for ___", the stress is on the word "get":

I didn't get much for it.

Only use "get much for" in questions and negative sentences like in the two examples above. In an example like this one:

I doubt I'll get much for it.

The sentence is negative because "I doubt" is a negative phrase. You don't use "get much for ___" in positive sentences. Instead, say something like:

I actually got quite a bit for it.

He says he got $200 for the old one.


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