What is the difference between "I don't hope so." and "I don't hope that."?


In today's english, when one says "I don't hope so", the speaker usually stops speaking. Whereas when one says "I don't hope that...", something is usually said that the speaker does not want to happen.

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    I can't imagine someone saying "I don't hope so" in the first place. You could say "I hope so" but the negation is usually expressed differently.
    – Antimony
    Jan 26 '14 at 4:22
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    The usual negation is: I hope not!
    – Shoe
    Jan 26 '14 at 4:57
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    To my ear (AmE), the phrase "I don't hope that" puts the emphasis on the hoping act, not the negation of whatever the hoper is hoping. For example: "You hope the Dodgers win; I don't hope that."
    – jbeldock
    Jan 26 '14 at 5:24
  • @Antimony: though "I don't hope so" is not used much in today's English, it is grammatically correct in spoken English.
    – user63241
    Jan 26 '14 at 16:53
  • @jbeldock: When you say "You hope the Dodgers win; I don't hope that.", you are saying that you do not want the Dodgers to win - this is the thing that you do not want to happen.
    – user63241
    Jan 26 '14 at 16:55

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