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Joe scripsit:

> Interestingly, English did something odd here.  'I doubt that he will
> not come' originally meant 'I doubt he'll come', used in the same manner
> as 'I am afraid that'.  But that meaning changed.

The change didn't happen in Scots, so you can still hear this form if you
go to the right places.

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