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Feb
22
comment Can “doubt” sometimes mean “question”?
@Chris Jester-Young: I didn't mean to invoke prescriptivism by saying "valid". But note this fails the descriptivist test (i.e. empirical usage), too, as speakers of neither British nor American English ever (to the best of my knowledge) say "doubt" instead of "question". As the accepted answer says, "This is Indian English".
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17
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17
comment Can “doubt” sometimes mean “question”?
@Manish Sinha: "Nothing wrong [with] it" only when you're speaking to Indians, since this is not, e.g., valid American or British English.
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17
comment Can “doubt” sometimes mean “question”?
Even if one accepts doubt as a synonym for uncertainty, the usage is still incorrect. A native speaker of English doesn't say they have uncertainty/doubt about a subject, but rather that they have uncertainty/doubt about their understanding of the subject. (In contrast, note how one does say they have a question about a subject).