I heard a lot that people use sentences like I like fruit, say, an apple, or he has, say, a thousand dollars. What about I get, guess, a hundred dogs.

  • No, I use it in a sense of approximately.
    – ABU
    Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 11:35
  • He is, I guess, two metres tall. Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 11:36
  • Then, Is say a special case?
    – ABU
    Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 11:37
  • When used to mean for example, the single-word form say could be "short for" several alternatives, including both I would say and let us say. But idiomatically there's no short form involving the word guess that can straddle both meanings - it's either I ['d, would] guess or Let's guess / suppose / assume. Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 12:21

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It took me a while to understand your question: you are asking whether you can use guess as a parenthetical on its own, like say, yes?

The answer is "no". I can't think of any other verbs that can be used in that way: I was considering "suppose"; but although it can be used without a subject (eg Suppose we went that way) I don't think it gets used in the middle of a clause like say.

I guess is fine in that context. So are I suppose, I think, I remember, and many others .

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