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    #1

    questions x doubts

    I've found a book with the following sentence:
    After reviewing the lesson, the students had no more doubts.
    1) Wouldn't questions suit better?
    2) Is the comma mandatory?

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    Re: questions x doubts


    After reviewing the lesson, the students had no more doubts.


    1) Wouldn't questions suit better?
    Only if one meant 'questions' rather than 'doubts'.


    2) Is the comma mandatory?
    No, but recommended.

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    #3

    Re: questions x doubts

    Having been on ESL forums for a few years now, I have found it very, very common for English learners to use the phrase "I have a doubt" instead of "a question."

    In fact, it can be unintentionally insulting. You give a thoughtful, informed answer, and the poster writes back and say "Thank you, but I still have a doubt." That feels to a native speaker that the poster does not trust the answer given (or the person who gave it). The way to say that without offense is "Thank you, but I still have a question."

    "I doubt that's true" feels as though you question the speaker's integrity, instead of the soundness of their information.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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