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    Please explain

    I don't get the exact meaning of the following expression:
    "If there is problem - which I take leave to doubt - then it is you who create it"
    Could anyone help me to understand it?
    Thanks

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    Re: Please explain

    not a teacher

    I prefer it to be worded this way:

    If there is problem, which I doubt, then it is you who create it.

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    #3

    Re: Please explain

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    Hi,
    As I saw some answers in other posts, I would replace "take leave to" by
    "permit myself to" or "take the liberty of doing something" or "allow myself"...

    I think it's a polite way to express my doubt.

    We could replace this sentence by: "permit myself to doubt there is a problem,
    anyway if it exists, then it is you who create it.


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    #4

    Re: Please explain

    IMO, whichever way you say it, the phrase 'it is you who create it' is not meant to be polite.

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    #5

    Re: Please explain

    hi,
    Please note that I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker ;

    Is there any wider context ?


    I thought it was like that:

    If there is a problem - which, I take, leaves no doubt - then it is you who create it.

    Does it make any sense ?
    I know It wasn't the original question.


    Cheers,

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    #6

    Re: Please explain

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***


    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    "If there is problem - which I take leave to doubt - then it is you who create it"
    1)If there is problem, then it is you who create it. (I'm sure that it's your fault)

    2)If there is problem - which I take leave to doubt - then it is you who create it. (There is a small chance that it might not be your fault).
    But, for the second sentence, I can't say the reason why to say something like that without hearing the tone of the speaker's voice or his/her gestures. Only, then, we can say whether it is out of politeness or being not so sure.

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