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怀疑 and its uses/meanings


#1

Hi @YuQinCai, @Constance_Fang, @Fiona and the ChinesePod team, my question is this:

我以前以为 ‘怀疑’ 的英文就是 ‘to doubt’, 可是我最近发现也可以翻译成 ‘to suspect’.

现在,我遇到 ‘怀疑’ 的时候,不太清楚什么意思。拿这个句子当例子: “我怀疑他的真名是小明”。
这是说 ‘I doubt that Xiao Ming is his real name’, 或者 ‘I suspect that his real name is Xiao Ming’ 呢?

这个词语有什么意思?怎么用呢?

谢谢你们的好极了网站,真的很有用!


#2

Interesting question!
“我怀疑他的真名是小明”。是suspect的意思,“我不确定,我猜”
(I’m not sure but it’s likely his real name is Xiaoming)

If you mean to say ”doubt“,we would say the following.
“他的真名是小明吗?我很怀疑。”

But good question. I’ve also informed Constance and Fiona. They’ll make a QingWen about this soon.