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I think A; Probably A

  1. I think A; Probably A
  2. Don't you think A?; A, right?
    This is the meaning when read as a question (with a rising inflection on the end). Asks for confirmation from the listener about A.
  3. I wonder if A; I was wondering if A
    Polite form of かな; used in requests.
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きっと ごうかく  でしょう  
I think you'll surely pass (the test).
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もし         すれば  フランス  する でしょう  
If I happen to end up going abroad I'd probably go for France.
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         でしょう  
Probably they will come by car.
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          でしょう  
Probably he will come soon.

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そのからしてでしょう
Judging from those dark clouds, I think it's going to rain.
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はいいでしょう。
It'll probably be good weather tomorrow.
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でしょう
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In semi-formal/semi-polite speech, でしょう can be shortened to っしょ.
example: きっとするっしょ!
This is usually used by males but can also be used by females. [see っす]
2 years ago
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1. でしょう / だろう is used when you are guessing or proposing something which is not based on any particular information or evidence.
2. When used with たぶん your conjecture sounds more certain ("most probably..."). When used with きっと, even more certain (I'm almost certain...).
7 years ago
avatar 火曜 - Level 17
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~でしょう typically implies you have some knowledge to back up your information.
11 years ago
avatar モモ姫 - Level 1
 
Don't you think A?; A, right?
This is the meaning when read as a question (with a rising inflection on the end). Asks for confirmation from the listener about A.

  1. I think A; Probably A
  2. Don't you think A?; A, right?
    This is the meaning when read as a question (with a rising inflection on the end). Asks for confirmation from the listener about A.
  3. I wonder if A; I was wondering if A
    Polite form of かな; used in requests.
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           でしょう  
Her performance was wonderful, don't you think?
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どうして   じゃない             でしょう  
Why aren't you together, you went out to meet Michiko, right?
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     なら  10  くらい         でしょ  
If it's Mr. Nakagawa's house, around ten people can get together (fit), don't you think?

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でしょ is more colloquial than でしょう and usually used informally.
7 years ago
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When being more informal, men can say だろう/だろ instead.
7 years ago
avatar xmarta9 - Level 50
 
I wonder if A; I was wondering if A
Polite form of かな; used in requests.

  1. I think A; Probably A
  2. Don't you think A?; A, right?
    This is the meaning when read as a question (with a rising inflection on the end). Asks for confirmation from the listener about A.
  3. I wonder if A; I was wondering if A
    Polite form of かな; used in requests.
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         よろしい でしょう   
I was wondering, could I take my vacation next week?
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     いただけない でしょう   
I was wondering if you could give me a lift?
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あなた から     メール  みつかりません    して いただける でしょう   
I can't seem to find your last email, I wonder if you can resend it to me?
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          いただけない でしょう   
I wonder if you would mind lending me your car for a couple of days?

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this pattern is often used with words like しい (しいでしょうか - is it ok/all right),いかが(いかがでしょう - how about),and どう (どうでしょう - how about)
11 years ago
avatar mysticfive - Level 678
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For this meaning, it is best if you add "か" to the end of でしょう. It will give your sentence an inflection, which begs a "question" versus "I'm telling you ____".
11 years ago
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~でしょう can also be used as the polite form of ~かな when used in requests. For example, いてけないでしょうか・・・ (Eng.: I was wondering if you could possibly write me a recommendation?) vs. いてもらえないかな・・・
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12 years ago
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Added (Meaning #3). I'm going to adjust the 'suggest model' form so you can search on Japanese and English; it'd be much easier if it was possible to search on 'でしょう' and 'wonder'.
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12 years ago
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In the second and third model sentences of the second meaning shouldn't it be "たぶんあれらはくるまでくるでしょう" instead of "たぶんあれらはくるまできるでしょう?"
くる not きる
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12 years ago
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Thanks - there was a problem with the conjugation engine built into the site. It should be fixed now!!
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12 years ago
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I think there's another usage of でしょう. It is basically the equivalent of adding the word "right" to the end of a question sentence in English, and has the same rising intonation: スーパーにくんでしょ? -- You're going to the supermarket, right? これはでしょ? -- This is her bag, right? Note that the final vowel 「う」 is truncated; this isn't a requirement but it is very common, and it's obvious when you hear it spoken that it isn't drawn out as much as 「でしょう」.
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10 years ago (Edited 10 years ago.)
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Do you think that could be blended into the second meaning on the page?
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10 years ago
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I do, and I had almost wrote a usage note for it, but I was thinking that it would be a lot less confusing if you could integrate it into the definition somehow, maybe something like: Don't you think A?; A, right? I think if you added that, plus if you could drum up an accuracy-checked example for each of the two meanings, that would be plenty clear enough.
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10 years ago
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Added! (-ω-)
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10 years ago
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Is there any rule when to use でしょう and when でしょ? Usually I only see the longer version.
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9 years ago
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でしょ is more casual - you'll hear it a lot in speech, but it's not generally used in writing except for dialogue.
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9 years ago
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so this is like question tag in english?
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8 years ago
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That description is usually tied to the ending particle ね, but that said it's not an unfair comparison. Depending on the tone it can be used to convey that something is speculation (そのないでしょう。 "That thing probably isn't necessary."), as opposed to simply seeking confirmation. It also is used as a replacement for です in some contexts to sound more polite, as it is less direct (e.g. おさんいかがでしょうか? "How are you [customer] doing?").
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8 years ago
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Ok so I am playing though the dragon quest series (or dragon warrior if you grew up playing the American version) and I came across 「どんなでしょう?」 I am reading this along the lines of "What's your business?" but that does not really follow any of the uses listed here. Is it more like "I wonder what your business is?" Just wondering about this usage and a possible nuance of the Japanese language.
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7 years ago
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shirokitsune は
Ok so I am playing though the dragon quest series (or dragon warrior if you grew up playing the American version) and I came across 「どんなでしょう?」 I am reading this along the lines of "What's your business?" but that does not really follow any of the uses listed here. Is it more like "I wonder what your business is?" Just wondering about this usage and a possible nuance of the Japanese language.
That is the classic Japanese ask-a-question-without-actually-asking-anything bit. In Japanese it can often seem too direct (and thus rude) to openly ask a question, so でしょう can kind of replace ですか in those situations. It's the same type of thing as someone saying something like おいにきたいんですが。。。 as a way of asking someone where the bathroom is.
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7 years ago
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Hii!! What about the meaning of "アレでしょ"???(@_@)

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6 years ago
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Right?

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6 years ago
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Wouldn't it be a little better to clarify how to properly construct this grammar pattern? For instance:


Verb plain-formでしょう
い-adjective plain-formでしょう
な-adjective plain-form (~)でしょう
Noun plain-form (~)でしょう
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5 years ago (Edited 5 years ago.)
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Excellent idea, and done!

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