Which sentence below is correct? Or, are they both wrong?

a) I hope the sign means for a good news, not a bad one.
b) I hope the sign means for a good news, not for a bad one.

  • Which statement do you think is correct or wrong and why? If you can include what you have understood(your research/effort in understanding the problem) so far, it will be easier to write an answer. Welcome to ELU! – BiscuitBoy Dec 29 '15 at 12:29
  • Hi @BiscuitBoy , thank you for getting back to me. I am a non-native English speaker and this is my first time to be at ELU. I would prefer the first sentence, as it just sounds natural/familiar to me, but I do not know whether and why it is right (or wrong). I have similar questions on sentences such as "better to be safe than sorry", "better safe than sorry", and "better to be safe than to be sorry". I think the first two are more often to see and presumably correct, but is the last one wrong? – Alex Dec 29 '15 at 13:46
  • Neither is correct. – Hot Licks Dec 29 '15 at 17:23
  • @Hardevgun Hi, please do not edit any post just for punctuation and style. It could be rejected in a peer review. – user140086 Dec 31 '15 at 7:51

Does this sentence better state what you want to say? "I hope this is a sign of good news, not bad."

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  • Hi @F. Roberts , thank you for posting back. I realized that I used a poor example in my question, but I could not edit it afterward, since I posted in guest mode. Wish you forgive me on that. Now the following three sentences would serve my question better: a) I hope this is for me, not you. b) I hope this is for me, not for you. c) I hope this is for me, but not for you. I am not sure which one(s) is correct. – Alex Dec 29 '15 at 14:07
  • Each of these three is grammatically correct., A and B have basically the same meaning. C seems to be a bit stronger in implying that "I hope this is not for you." – F. Roberts Dec 29 '15 at 14:31
  • Glad this helped. Good luck! – F. Roberts Dec 29 '15 at 15:29

In reply to your comment you posted:

  1. I hope this is for me, not you. <-- To me this implies that you are speaking to a friend, and you're hoping that it's for you and not for them. This seems like it would be said with a joking tone.

  2. I hope this is for me, not for you. <-- This is similar to the first one, however it would be said with a more serious tone.

  3. I hope this is for me, but not for you. <-- Finally, this one is where you would say it and mean it to whoever you're speaking to.

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  • @Alex No problem – maxshuty Dec 29 '15 at 15:24

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