False Friends: Doubt

Dúvida means doubt only sometimes.

We say, “without a doubt” for “sem dúvida.”

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But we do not say “I have a doubt”, when we want to ask for information.

We say, “I have a question,” for “Tenho uma dúvida”.

People who are studying English like to say, “I have a doubt.” That is one of the most common mistakes that even advanced learners make.


Mary Ziller

I'm Mary Ziller. I tutor ESL at the IHM Lteracy Center in Philadelphia. I lived a year in Brazil where I became certified to teach English as a Foreign language.

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