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What are the differences between "confident" and "self-confident" since they both means that some has confidence in themselves?

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  • You can be confident about someone or something else:

    I am confident that my son will pass his driving test tomorrow.

  • You can be confident about yourself at a particular time without necessarily being self-confident in general:

    I am confident that I will pass my driving test tomorrow.

  • You probably wouldn't say in a general sense:

    I am confident.

  • Though you might say:

    I am a confident person.

  • For a general statement, you would most likely say:

    I am self-confident.

  • You can't say:

    I am self-confident that I will pass my driving test tomorrow'.

  • You also can't be self-confident about someone or something else:

    I am self-confident that my son will pass ...'.

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