A coworker asks you if you've been busy this week. You say no, but you think you'll be busy again soon. You tell her:
I'm sure it'll pick back up soon.
Say "I'm sure ___" when you're making a guess about something and you're pretty confident in your guess. I'd say the confidence level of someone who says "I'm sure ___" is probably about 70%. You also usually use it to talk about things that you want to happen or hope will happen. Here are some examples:
I'm sure it'll be over by then.
I'm sure she's OK.
I'm sure we can work something out.
His landlord reassured him that it was only a temporary inconvenience. "It'll be ready by Monday," he said.
"It'll" is similar to "this'll" and "that'll". All of these contractions are less common and less formal than the usual contractions like "can't" and "isn't".
The phrase "picks up" means "becomes busier":
I sure hope sales pick up soon, or we're really going to be in trouble.
Things always pick up around the holiday season.
Use "pick back up" to mean "become busy again"
Now that it's picked back up again, I'm starting to consider hiring another person.
You can see some of the common subjects of "pick up" in the examples above:
Other common subjects of the phrase "pick up" include:
- the economy
- the wind
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