“I believe it's sold over the counter.”
You're talking with a friend who has allergies. Your cousin has allergies and told you about a medicine that she takes which helps. You tell your friend about this medicine. You don't think she needs a prescription to get it.
I believe it's sold over the counter.
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This is a very light way to use "I believe". Usually people say "I believe..." when describing their important and strongly-held opinions. For example:
I believe that everything happens for a reason.
But you can also use "I believe..." to talk about something that you're not completely sure of. Here are some examples of "I believe" used this way:
There's a keyboard shortcut for that... I believe it's "Control" plus "E".
A: When is the company picnic?
B: I believe it's on the fifteenth.
When you use "believe" this way, emphasize the word "believe", rather than "I".
Medicine is sold in two ways:
- "Prescription drugs" require a prescription from a doctor. You can't buy them unless you have this. They're only sold at drug stores.
- "Over-the-counter drugs" don't require a prescription. You can buy them at a drug store or sometimes even at grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.
For over-the-counter drugs, you can say that they are "sold over the counter":
A: Is it sold over the counter?
B: No, it's a prescription drug.