A common saying is “for the benefit of the doubt“, but what does it actually mean? Essentially, it means giving somebody a chance to show that they are not as bad as first thought.
Many people think that this is a difficult expression to use. However, if you want to use it in your own life and say something like “Give him the benefit of the doubt,” this is one way you would do so:
“We should give him the benefit of the doubt. He may have been late because he had an emergency at work.”
Another way to use it is to say “I will do so with great benefit”, like this:
“Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt. I’ll return the favour when you need it.”
This expression is useful if you want to give someone a chance, rather than assuming that they are guilty. If you go into a situation “with a closed mind”, then this can often make you too quick to judge somebody.
If you want to approach somebody and give them the benefit of the doubt, it should be without any preconceived ideas. You can also use this expression if you are not sure what someone is thinking but they seem to be giving you some benefit or advantage in an argument or situation. For example:
“He’s a very aggressive person and I don’t know if he is giving me the benefit of the doubt.”
Finally, an interesting fact about this saying is that there are more than one version. In the original phrase, it says “the benefit of the doubt” followed by “of the other”. Someone may also say “to give someone a benefit” or use a different variation.
There may also be variations in certain countries. Some say “to give someone the chance to show that they are not as bad as first thought”. There may even be some where it says “the benefit of the doubt” followed by something else such as “benefit of the doubt”. It seems that each country has its own version of this saying.
An interesting fact about this expression is that it is very similar to another phrase, which is: “the benefit of the doubt”.
This phrase is rather similar to the above version of this saying, but the words are slightly different. This is because “the benefit of the doubt” has a different meaning and origin.
The phrase “the benefit of the doubt” is an old English expression and it means “to give someone one more chance”. For example:
“I could use that sample as evidence – but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. He might have a good reason for not doing it on time.”
It seems that the origin of both of these expressions are very similar. The expression “to give someone the benefit of the doubt” also means “to give someone a chance to show that they are not as bad as first thought”. This is where there is more than one version. Both versions have something to do with giving somebody treatment, trust or respect because they deserve it and you think that they will show themselves to be worthy of it.