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Are these sentences correct:
1-I know beyond reasonable doubt that he is guilty.
2-Can you affirm beyond reasonable doubt that he is guilty?
One minor correction. It should be beyond a reasonable doubt. I don't think the phrase is ever used without the article.
It can be countable or uncountable in BE:
beyong reasonable doubt
beyond any reasonable doubt
beyond a reasonable doubt
They all sound fine to me.
Hm. I have always heard beyond a reasonable doubt. Perhaps it is a BE/AE difference. Maybe I'll do a Google check and see what I come up with.
It's three times more common with the article, but without gets 30,000 hits.
Interesting. I had always heard that in instructions to a jury in a criminal case that they must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is reasonable to expect tho that there are other circumstance in which that phrase is used. I wonder if the one without the article is used in a different context. I expect that that might be the case.Originally Posted by tdol
It could be- I've never sat on a jury.