The decision should normally dealsdeal with all independent claims of the valid request(s) that were discussed during the proceedings. A single ground is enough to refuse an application, so it is not always necessary to deal with all the dependent claims. If however a particular dependent claim has been discussed, the decision includesshould include the relevant arguments.

Any additional requests still outstanding must be dealt with in the refusal decision. If, for example, new oral proceedings were requested in circumstances where Art. 116(1), second sentence, applies, the decision mustshould give the reasons for rejecting that request.

Formulations implying doubt or uncertainty, such as "seems" or "apparently", mustshould be avoided in decisions.

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