doubt  疑う

February 21, 2015 =========
☆ doubt  疑う
Do you know today’s word? The most common way it is used is “I doubt it” which is something you say when someone asks you something that you are uncertain about. For example:
A: Are you going to the party next Saturday?
B: I doubt it.
A: Did Joan get the job?
B: I don’t know, but I doubt it.
The other day we had a similar phrase, “I hope so.” In this case, we never say, “I doubt so.” Just like we never say, “I hope it.” These are just set phrases and always used in this way.
The verb “doubt” is also used generally when you wonder if something is true or possible, but basically think that it is not. “I doubt I’ll get a promotion.” Or “I don’t have any reason to doubt what he is saying.” (in other words, there is no reason why you would not believe him.)