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Confident - in, of, with, about?

  • 13-10-2019 12:41pm
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    Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 71,203 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    The more I think about it, the less sense the words make, so I'm looking for help, please. :o

    What preposition would you use after "confident" to indicate that you trust both the way you carried out your work, and the outcome of the work itself? For instance, if you were to use the word "work" after "confident", the former would indicate both your efforts and their outocome (in a way, the opposite of "The operation was a success, but we lost the patient").

    Would you say "I'm confident in/of/with/about the work"?

    To me, "with" would fit more with the meaning I'm looking for, but what do you guys think?

    Thanks.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32,688 ✭✭✭✭ Alberto Tender Harpsichord


    I'd change it slightly to "I have confidence in the work".


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 71,203 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Thanks S., but this is for a leaflet that will say just "Confident + preposition + your work?" (specifying the type of work) and the details of a workshop.

    But going by your sentence, you'd use "in" then, would you?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,897 ✭✭✭ Irishphotodesk


    All depends on context, if you are attempting to express a confidence in the ability of the worker and the workmanship of the completed job, there can be different and are in this case may be both different yet linked.

    As srameen mentions above, a singular sentence can express both confidence in the worker and the quality of the finished work.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,897 ✭✭✭ Irishphotodesk


    All depends on context, if you are attempting to express a confidence in the ability of the worker and the workmanship of the completed job, there can be different and are in this case may be both different yet linked.

    As srameen mentions above, a singular sentence can express both confidence in the worker and the quality of the finished work.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32,688 ✭✭✭✭ Alberto Tender Harpsichord


    As 'confident' it becomes an adjective.

    There are many possibilities depending on intended usage.

    Confident in + posessive pronoun + "ability to..." = "I think I/he/they etc. can [do that]"
    Confident of (+ possessive pronoun) + gerund (e.g. "being able to + infinitive", "winning") (+ noun) = "I'm sure that I can/will [do that]", or with a pronoun "I'm sure that he/they etc. can/will [do that]"
    Confident about (+ pronoun) + gerund (e.g. "going", "driving" + place, etc.) = "I'm not worried about (him/they etc.) [doing that]"
    Confident that + subject + will/would (usually) + verb + object = "I'm sure that subj. will [do that to] obj."

    About may be the nearest. But I don't think there's a hard and fast rule or anything fundamentally wrong with any of them.


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 71,203 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Thank you.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,767 Mod ✭✭✭✭ looksee


    I would use in or possibly of in those circumstances. They have a slightly different shade of meaning but it depends on exactly what you are trying to say. I'm repeating Srameen here but to me 'confident in' means being confident in the process of doing it, whereas 'confident of' means confident of the outcome.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 71,203 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Is there one that indicates both?


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,767 Mod ✭✭✭✭ looksee


    On balance I'd say 'in' as it can just about be read either way.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 71,203 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Thanks, everyone.


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