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    give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    to accept that someone has told the truth or has not done something wrong because you cannot prove that they have not
    She may have been lying, but I felt I had to give her the benefit of the doubt.


    Is it correct to say "give somebody the benefit of doubt" to mean "give somebody the benefit of the doubt"?

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    #2

    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    No.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    It is a set phrase, you cannot alter it.

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    #4

    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    https://youtu.be/1d2X9rrzgso
    What did a man start to say in this video at 36:23?


    "... so I'm going to give Dr. Crag the benefit of doubt"
    Is this what he said?

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    #5

    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    I clearly heard 'benefit of the doubt'.

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    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by Saki6 View Post
    https://youtu.be/1d2X9rrzgso
    What did a man start to say in this video at 36:23?


    "... so I'm going to give Dr. Craig the benefit of the doubt"
    Is this what he said?
    See above.

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    #7

    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    Please take a look at the eight examples in this video. In each example, "the benefit of doubt" is used. The first example starts at 2:30.


    Is "the benefit of doubt" acceptable in British English?

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    #8

    Re: give somebody the benefit of the doubt

    It does not sound very natural to me.

    It's certainly not common - see this Ngram.

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