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    Re: Common dialogue (but I need your help!)

    Yes, but "take long" has a slight connotation that the person we're waiting for has control of the amount of time he will be gone.

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    Smile Re: Common dialogue (but I need your help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Now, I have another doubt:


    A lot of ESL learners use that word for question, but say question. (The word doubt is more likely to be used as a verb.)


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    Arrow Re: Common dialogue (but I need your help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    A lot of ESL learners use that word for question, but say question. (The word doubt is more likely to be used as a verb.)


    Huuummm..., I didn't understand... Could someone give me an example when I must use "doubt"? I thought was writing correctly... So, I should never use "doubt" when I do have a "doubt", is it? I must use "question", instead.

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    Re: Common dialogue (but I need your help!)

    Do not use the word doubt if you expect a reply. In most cases, doubt means "to lack belief."

    If you say, "I have questions about your education," it could mean that you want to know where I went to school, what subjects I studied, etc.

    If you say, "I have doubts about your education," it means that you think I am uneducated to some degree.

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    Re: Common dialogue (but I need your help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    That's OK...

    Now, I have another doubt:

    - "Do you know if he will take long?"

    Is this sentence right? Do you understand what I mean?

    Thanks

    Falcon
    I think doubt is ok here. He has expressed a doubt or concern and then asked a question to clarify his uncertainty. There is nothing wrong with that in my opinion

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