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    never doubted that/if/whether

    He never doubted that/if/whether he would return.

    Do all three conjunctions work for a negative sentence and without difference?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: never doubted that/if/whether

    We normally use 'that' with negative forms of 'doubt':

    "With some verbs expressing in themselves lack of certainty it appears that THAT and IF can both be used, with little practical difference in meaning between them:

    1. I doubt if he was there.

    2.I doubt that he was there.

    In [1] the uncertainty about his being there may be stronger than in [2]; only the context of the utterance can make this clear. The difference is not important for practical purposes.

    With absence of doubt we return to certainty, and THAT is now the only appropriate choice: 3. I don't doubt that he succeeded."
    Last edited by 5jj; 20-Nov-2011 at 07:37. Reason: typo


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