“I'm sure it'll pick back up soon.”

A coworker asks you if you've been busy this week. You say no, but then make this prediction because you think you'll be busy again soon.

I'm sure it'll pick back up soon.

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I'm sure (clause)

Say "I'm sure ___" when you're making a guess about something and you're pretty confident in your guess. You can imagine that the confidence level of someone who says "I'm sure ___" is maybe about 70%.

When you say "I'm sure..." it often means that you want something to happen or hope that it 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.


This is a contraction of "it will". People use it in casual spoken English. Don't use it in formal writing unless you're trying to quote someone who was speaking casually.

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".

(something) picks up

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:

  • it
  • sales
  • things

Other common subjects of the phrase "pick up" include:

  • business
  • attendance
  • the economy
  • the wind