Many students online email me with their "doubts" about English grammar or pronunciation. When you have a doubt, you are unsure about something, or you don’t believe that something is true:
- Jennifer has her doubts about her daughter’s decision to get married.
- The teacher has some doubts about the new textbook she’s using.
- This is, without a doubt, the best pie you have ever made.
- There’s no doubt about it–this company is going to have a large profit this year.
The word "doubt" is often used as a verb:
- Tom doubts his ability to fix his own car; that’s why he takes it to a mechanic.
- The tellers at the bank doubted the identity of a customer, so they asked him for some I.D.
- I’ll never doubt you again!
- I’m sorry I doubted you.
Tom never doubts his mechanic is telling him the truth about his car.
Note: The "b" in the word "doubt" is silent.
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This page was originally published on November 27, 2011.
Updated on December 11, 2018