Writers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for authors, editors, reviewers, professional writers, and aspiring writers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to write an endorsement for someone. I have one line that begins like this:

"I have no doubt that ..."

But I don't like the negative connotation of 'no doubt'. My best alternative of

"I am quite certain ..."

doesn't seem to have the impact I want to communicate. Any suggestions?

share|improve this question

migrated from english.stackexchange.com Aug 24 '11 at 20:33

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

There are many ways, I guess... If possible, could you be more specific? – Alenanno Aug 24 '11 at 16:34
up vote 2 down vote accepted

In this case, I would use something that's a little more succinct, but not negative:

Without question, [product/service/person is great].

This feels less negative to me because you aren't mentioning doubt, something that you don't want in an endorsement.

share|improve this answer

My preference: Drop the introductory phrase altogether, and simply say whatever you were going to say.

share|improve this answer

To endorse a person effectively, whether in an advertisement or a letter of recommendation, some strategies are to:

  • Describe positive traits
  • Avoid mentioning negative or irrelevant traits
  • Emphasize how strongly you support, recommend, or believe in the person and their ability

It's possible to do this last one powerfully by saying how little doubt you have: I have no doubt... or how sure you are: I am quite certain... (You might try removing "quite"; adding a modifier like quite to certain sometimes doesn't help. In this case, it might make you sound less confident, because it could leave the reader with a bigger feeling of doubt about whether you're as sure as you can possibly be, compared with just I am sure.)

Whichever way you prefer, try looking at some examples of recommendations, where you'll find constructions like these:

...and I recommend her to you without reservation... (sample recommendation letter)

I am confident that... ( sample recommendation letter)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.