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help with an expression



evellyn
Brazil

help with an expression
 
Hi dear colleagues
 
I īd like to know if it īs possible to say take out a doubt or if there īs another expression for that meaning.
 
thanks and regards 

7 Apr 2015      



PhilipR
Thailand

īRemove any doubt ī is the expression you īre looking for. E.g. Matching fingerprints removed any doubt about who had committed the robbery.

7 Apr 2015     



evellyn
Brazil

Thanks a lot

7 Apr 2015     



redcamarocruiser
United States

I would say tirar uma dúvida is to ask a question, to have a question explained,  or to clear up any confusion regarding a question. 
 

7 Apr 2015     



binhobear
Brazil

Hummm interesting, taking advantage of that, I īd like to ask if is it possible to say: Do you have any doubts? Or any questions?  I always say that to my students.  Thanks in advance.

7 Apr 2015     



yanogator
United States

@binhobear

I have noticed that many of the teachers here don īt seem to understand the meaning of "doubt". To doubt means not to be certain that something is true, or to feel fairly certain that something isn īt true, as in "I doubt that Santa Claus is real" or."I doubt that student īs ability to pass the test." It doesn īt mean confusion or lack of understanding.
 

 With that in mind, you don īt want to ask students if they have any doubts. It is correct, and good, to ask if they have any questions.
 
Bruce 

7 Apr 2015     



yanogator
United States

@binhobear

I apologize for being rude, because I thought I was being helpful in explaining what "doubt" does and doesn īt mean.

Bruce 

7 Apr 2015     



manonski (f)
Canada

@binhobear, I īd like to know how yanogator has been rude because I īve read his reply more than once and all I see is someone clarifying a question. 
 
 

7 Apr 2015     



Jayho
Australia

@binhobear
 
As a very new member, you havenīt been able to experience how helpful (and knowledgeable) yanogator is. He can help you with all your grammar questions and he always does so in a polite and courteous manner.
 
He has rightfully commented on how many teachers ask questions in the forum regarding "doubt". There are lots of posts, going back years, about this topic. It certainly is an area  of confusion for many teachers.
 
I hope this clarifies any doubts you might have about yanogatorīs response. Please feel free to ask more questions if you are unsure about something. We are all here to help each other.
 
Cheers
 
Jayho
 
 

7 Apr 2015     



redcamarocruiser
United States

Bruce īs reply is not rude at all, in my opinion. It is binhobear who owes the apology.

7 Apr 2015     



Nina Duarte
Brazil

Thanks for the explanation redcamaroncruiser, you perfectly clarified how "tirar a duvida" should be translated.
 
Thank you too yanogator, for the class you just taught about the meaniing of "doubt".
 
You guys and some others like Peter hardy, Jayho and cunliffe run this webiste always ready to help others.

7 Apr 2015