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    Doubt x QUestion

    DOUBT x QUESTION Hello! I'm Helder from Brazil. My question is: Here many students when they don't understand an explanation they say I HAVE A DOUBT - that sounds wrong to me...I think they should say I HAVE A QUESTION when they don't understand something. A doubt is a kind of desbelief in something the teacher is saying...an in this case would sound a bit rude. Am I right?
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    Re: Doubt x QUestion

    Quote Originally Posted by heldercortez View Post
    DOUBT x QUESTION Hello! I'm Helder from Brazil. My question is: Here many students when they don't understand an explanation they say I HAVE A DOUBT - that sounds wrong to me...I think they should say I HAVE A QUESTION when they don't understand something. A doubt is a kind of desbelief in something the teacher is saying...an in this case would sound a bit rude. Am I right?
    Thanks a lot for your help!
    Yes, you are right.
    I learned it here at UsingEnglish, in some threads.
    Read for example this one: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-am-doubt.html

    PS: Not a native speaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by heldercortez View Post
    A doubt is a kind of desbelief in something the teacher is saying...an in this case would sound a bit rude.
    Hmm, interesting!
    I would like to read from a native speaker about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Hmm, interesting!
    I would like to read from a native speaker about that.
    If a student said to me, "Excuse me, I have a doubt about something" I wouldn't find it rude, I would, however, probably say that he/she should use "question".

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    Re: Doubt x QUestion

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If a student said to me, "Excuse me, I have a doubt about something" I wouldn't find it rude, I would, however, probably say that he/she should use "question".
    But Bhaisahab, what if the student is a native English speaker, and the teaching subject is any other one but English. Still wouldn't it seem somewhat rude, as the OP said, implying a kind of disbelief ? Or would it just sound strange?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    But Bhaisahab, what if the student is a native English speaker, and the teaching subject is any other one but English. Still wouldn't it seem somewhat rude, as the OP said, implying a kind of disbelief ? Or would it just sound strange?
    I don't see it as rude or as implying disbelief.

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    Re: Doubt x QUestion

    The correct phrase would be "I have a question."

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