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    they have the same translation in Chinese. But I'm constantly confused with how they are used. Are they used to state 1)a speculation or 2)an observation believed to be false? For example, if a friend is given a surprise party and doesn't seem to be thrilled about it. Do I say:

    I doubt/suspect that he is happy with it. Or,

    I doubt/suspect that he is not happy with it.

    Thanks a lot
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    Hi Raen,
    You got two answers to this in another forum we both go to.

    Do you still doubt that you understand it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raen View Post
    they have the same translation in Chinese. But I'm constantly confused with how they are used. Are they used to state 1)a speculation or 2)an observation believed to be false? For example, if a friend is given a surprise party and doesn't seem to be thrilled about it. Do I say:



    Thanks a lot
    Raen
    Think of it like this:
    Doubt - don't think ...
    Suspect - think ...

    So in the situation you gave, the following are what you can say:

    I doubt (don't think) that he is happy with it.

    I suspect (think) that he is not happy with it.

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    Hi Raen,
    You got two answers to this in another forum we both go to.

    Do you still doubt that you understand it?
    Barb, not anymore. Usually if I don't get an answer from one place for whatever reason, I'd try somewhere else to find an answer. Whatever would expedite the process I'd use it, it's not a crime, is it? Plus, it's always benificial for anyone's learning to see different opinions from experts.

    Some questions are made in progression, you start with a simple one that leads to the next that's related to the first, and so forth. For this one, I couldn't get another answer from the same person that answered the first. I have to decide: Do I keep bugging that person till I get an answer (this supposedly "demanding" act of mine got me in trouble right here on this forum, I have to watch how I approach) or do I go somewhere else and hop that a new thread could give me a more expedient response.

    Since you visit the other forum, why don't you now go back and read the thread, you'll understand what my problem on this issue was. It's not just about "doubt", rather "doubt" AND "suspect".

    You response appears accusatory to me, therefore I have to respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxreader View Post
    Think of it like this:
    Doubt - don't think ...
    Suspect - think ...

    So in the situation you gave, the following are what you can say:

    I doubt (don't think) that he is happy with it.

    I suspect (think) that he is not happy with it.

    Thank you very much MXReader. You explained it very clearly.

    Raen

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    Raen, I'm not being accusatory. I posted an answer in your thread. I was actually inquiring if you still did not understand and trying to be a bit joking about it by using the word "doubt" in the question. When I posted, CJ had not posted his last post and you had not responded.

    So excuse me. I won't bother you again.

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