It's my Dad's seventy-first birthday today. My Mum and Dad came round to our house for a cup of tea and some birthday cake this afternoon, and we gave him his birthday presents: a shirt and tie from me and one of my sisters, a box of whisky-flavoured chocolates from my son and a bookmark made by my daughter.
Now I've eaten too much cake and feel a bit sick.
Maybe writing about English will distract me from feeling sick....!
No doubt/without doubt
You mention the Pink Floyd concert in Pompeii, Antonio. You say that the film of this concert is, 'with no doubts my favourite concert film'. 'No doubt' can mean 'certainly'. For example, 'there is no doubt that he is guilty, the evidence against him was very strong' = he was certainly/definitely guilty. When 'no doubt' is used to mean 'certainly' it is usually followed by 'that', as you can see in the example, 'there is no doubt THAT he is guilty.'
'No doubt' can also be used to mean 'I think' or 'I agree'. For example, 'no doubt the best concert film ever made = I think it is the best concert film.
'Without doubt' also means 'certainly', and is, I think, stronger than 'no doubt' , suggesting a strong sense of knowing the real truth. For example, 'this is, without doubt, my favourite concert film'.
I think your sentence about the concert film combines 'without doubt' and 'no doubt'. In fact you can choose either, but not both!
When talking about the Pink Floyd concert, you say that it is, 'the most famous live concert which has always been performed in this location'. This is a superlative sentence ('most famous') and you want to make your meaning very strong; to emphasise how famous the concert is. To do this, you need 'ever', not 'always'.....'the most famous live concert that has EVER been performed...'. 'Ever' adds emphasis in superlative sentences and in sentences with 'only'...'he's the only man I've ever loved.'
I do feel slightly less sick now. Unfortunately, there's no doubt this WON'T be the last time I eat too much chocolate cake.........
Let us know what your friends thought of the Bob Dylan concert in Pompeii, Antonio!
See you tomorrow.
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