How to use: Bet

I bet (you) can be used in an informal style to mean ‘I think it’s probable that‘. That is usually dropped.

  • I bet (you) she’s not at home. (More natural than I bet (you) that she’s not at home.)

I’ll betis also possible.

  • I’ll bet you she’s not at home.

After I bet (you), we often use the present tense to refer to the future.

  • I bet (you) they don’t come this evening. (OR I bet (you) they won’t come … )
  • I bet (you) the Conservatives (will) lose.

When bet is used to talk about real bets, it can be followed by two objects: the person with whom the bet is made, and the money or thing that is bet.

  • I bet you £5 it doesn’t rain this week.
  • My father bet my mother dinner at the Ritz that she would marry him. He won, but she never bought him the dinner.

Bet is irregular (bet – bet – bet).


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