Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) make an error in judgement (about ability)
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    • under/overestimate ability/strength/qualifications
  • Analysis

    When you estimate, you make a guess about an outcome or an amount, based on the information at hand. To underestimate is to guess less than the actual amount; and to overestimate is to guess more than the actual amount. When we underestimate ourselves, we believe that we are capable of less than we really are; and we overestimate ourselves, we believe that we can do more than we really can.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Don't underestimate your opponents. They may be small, but they're strong!
    2. I underestimated my abilities. I was much better at that than I thought I'd be.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company Accountant made the mistake of overestimating the financial returns. The company went bankrupt.
    2. I completely overestimated my new employee. He wasn't good enough to do the job at all!
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