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    Default What does "no doubt" mean?

    Hi friends,
    What does "no doubt" mean in the first sentence of Dr. Ibrahim's article, in the following link.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/members/...not-to-be.html

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    without any queries/doubt or FOR SURE

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    Hi arthemisme
    Are you an English teacher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi friends,
    What does "no doubt" mean in the first sentence of Dr. Ibrahim's article, in the following link.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/members/...not-to-be.html

    Cheers
    Udara
    I don't know Udara if you have something specific in mind. No doubt (short for: there is no doubt about it) everybody would agree that verb to be is a central verb. If you mean word order you can also put it at the beginning of a sentence to emphasise the importance of what you are going to say.

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    Hi Dr. Ibrahim ,
    My dictionay (Longman) gives the following definition on "no doubt"

    no doubt - used when you are saying that you think something is probably true:
    eg:No doubt you'll have your own ideas.

    If we go by this definition, then, "do doubt" is not the same as "there is no doubt", is it? Besides, Practical English Usage gives a similar definition to Longman.

    Dear Dr. I wouldn't dream of arguing with you, and do correct me I have got it confused. I just wanted to learn the accurate meaning of "no doubt" and clear the ambiguties through the forum. I am well and truely sorry if I offended you, and look forward to receiving your responses in the future too.

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    I'm afraid that dictionary definition is incomplete (that's a charitable view) if not inaccurate. In many cases 'No doubt' does have the same force as 'There is no doubt'. In your dictionary example, the speaker is saying 'There is no doubt that you will have your own ideas' - the words 'no doubt' don't imply any kind of uncertainty. The speaker is absolutely sure that the other person may have other ideas.

    As well as 'no doubt' - as used by the Doctor, or at the beginning of the sentence - other possibilities are 'without [a] doubt' and 'beyond [a] doubt', or, more informally, 'you can bet that...' (at the beginning of a sentence) or 'you can bet on that/it' (at the end). If you use 'bet', you can reinforce it in various ways: 'bet your life', 'bet your boots', 'bet your bottom dollar' (even in the UK), 'bet your mortgage' [=big loan used to buy a house]...

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    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi Dr. Ibrahim ,
    My dictionay (Longman) gives the following definition on "no doubt"

    no doubt - used when you are saying that you think something is probably true:
    eg:No doubt you'll have your own ideas.
    BobK makes a good point. Have you tried other dictionaries?

    no doubt
    1. Certainly.
    2. Probably.

    no doubt - definition of no doubt by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    I just wanted to learn the accurate meaning of "no doubt" and clear the ambiguties through the forum. I am well and truely sorry if I offended you, and look forward to receiving your responses in the future too.
    I suspect the apology stems from culture; nevertheless, there really is no need to apologize here. Not only is Jamshid an amicable and open-minded kind of fellow, his reply was expressed with kindness.

    Additionally, this is a discussion forum, not an answers-R-us forum, so questions are expected--even those that seem to question authority. Ask away.

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    I believe Udara everything is now clarified by Casiopea and Bob. I am afraid I noticed your post later. As Casiopea said you can of course discuss matters with me and there is no need to apologize either. You are most welcome and thank you for your interest. BTW I have a soft spot for the Indian (Indian sub-continent including Sri Lanka) culture. I haven't still forgotten the great old Indian films by Nargiz, Vijantemala, Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kapur.
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    Hi everybody ,
    I've been so relieved after all by the responses. And great many thanks for the explanations. I love evry single word of them I do.

    Cheers
    Udara

    PS
    By the way, "I've been so relieved...by the responses". Is this sentence Active or Passive ?, because "relieved" is an adjective too, isn't it?

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