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    "I have a doubt" or "I am in doubt"

    Would you please tick which (if any) of the above constructins are correct?

    a) I have a doubt on ...
    b) I have a doubt about ...
    c) I have a doubt in ...

    d) I am in doubt on ...
    e) I am in doubt about ...
    f) I am in doubt in ...

    Thanks in advance


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    Smile Re: "I have a doubt" or "I am in doubt"

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Would you please tick which (if any) of the above constructins are correct?

    a) I have a doubt on ...
    b) I have a doubt about ...
    c) I have a doubt in ...

    d) I am in doubt on ...
    e) I am in doubt about ...
    f) I am in doubt in ...

    Thanks in advance
    a) I have a doubt on ...
    b) I have a doubt about ...
    c) I have a doubt in ...

    d) I am in doubt on ...
    e) I am in doubt about ...
    f) I am in doubt in ...


    Just use the ones with "about".

    By the way, don't say "I have a doubt" to mean "I have a question". Saying just "I have a doubt" is somewhat unusual in English when it turns out that someone really has a question. I've heard "I have a doubt" enough times for it to be memorable. Saying "I have a doubt about 'something' is okay and good.


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    Re: "I have a doubt" or "I am in doubt"

    Thanks again PROESL !

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post

    By the way, don't say "I have a doubt" to mean "I have a question". Saying just "I have a doubt" is somewhat unusual in English when it turns out that someone really has a question. I've heard "I have a doubt" enough times for it to be memorable. Saying "I have a doubt about 'something' is okay and good.

    Let us consider the following two situations:

    1) A teacher explains something to his class and a student immediatelly says:
    S.: "Teacher, I have a doubt about this."
    T.: "Yes ?"
    S.: <Question>
    Is it correct? By your previous post I see if the students forget to say 'about this' it is wrong, but here the student said it.

    2) A teacher has just finished his class something. Is it correct if he asks:
    T. "Any doubts?" or T.: "Any doubts, class?" or T.:"Do you have any doubts?",
    when he means "Did you understand?"

    Oh, just came to my mind: In the first situation above, if the students says instead "Teacher, I have some doubts about it", is it ok?


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    Re: "I have a doubt" or "I am in doubt"

    Let us consider the following two situations:

    1) A teacher explains something to his class and a student immediatelly says:
    S.: "Teacher, I have a doubt about this."
    T.: "Yes ?"
    S.: <Question>
    Is it correct? By your previous post I see if the students forget to say 'about this' it is wrong, but here the student said it. - It's not wrong, it's just that, to me, only saying "I have a doubt" sounds a little unusual. I would expect to hear from a native speaker "I have a question" more often.

    2) A teacher has just finished his class something. Is it correct if he asks:
    T. "Any doubts?" or T.: "Any doubts, class?" or T.:"Do you have any doubts?", when he means "Did you understand?" << Personally, I would say "Does anyone have any questions?" or "Does everyone understand?" I wouldn't say "Do you have any doubts?". It's grammatically correct, but not the best lexical choice when it comes to approximating native speaker speech. So I woudn't say "any doubts?" either.

    Oh, this just came to mind: In the first situation above, if the student says instead "Teacher, I have some doubts about it", is it ok? <<< Yes, that sounds good.
    Last edited by PROESL; 20-Aug-2009 at 01:09.

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