"a doubt that needs clearing?"

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LV4-26

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Hi everyone,

I can ask someone to "clear my doubt(s)", can't I?

Therefore, can I say the following :
I have a doubt that needs clearing
?

I mean, I didn't find any google hit when I entered "doubt * needs clearing"
But I did find some with "doubt * needs to be cleared"
(for those who mightn't know, * refers to any sequence of signs)

On the other hand "the floor needs sweeping" is perfectly idiomatic, isn't it? I even think it's more idiomatic than "needs to be swept".

So, at this point, I'd like you to clear my doubt. ;)
Could it be that "needs to be cleared" is more suggestive of the fact that I need someone else to clear it? Hence, more appropriate in this context?
 
  • GEmatt

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    Hi LV4-26,

    Doubts can also be "dispelled". A quick Google should give you a good half a million hits, for frequency.

    GEmatt
     

    cirrus

    Senior Member
    UK English
    They may well be dispelled, however if you said this in a meeting it is likely people would smile to themselves - it sounds a tad poetic.
     

    GEmatt

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    Perhaps, cirrus. It probably depends on the meeting. I've heard it often enough not to be secretly amused by its use. Not regularly though, I'll grant you that.

    GEm
     
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