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    Default no good and not good

    He is no good.
    He is not good. I saw both. Can I use both as the same meaning.
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    Default Re: no good and not good

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    He is no good.
    He is not good. I saw both. Can I use both as the same meaning.
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    He is no good = He is trouble, a bad guy, someone who causes problems.

    I wouldn't use the second one without more, as in: He is not good at showing his emotions. He is not good at parallel parking. He is not good at managing his time.

    The only time I could imagine using it is something like "She plays the piano so well. She is so good. He... well, he is not good. But he tries hard." Even then, the meaning is "He is not good at playing the piano."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: no good and not good

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    He is no good = He is trouble, a bad guy, someone who causes problems.

    I wouldn't use the second one without more, as in: He is not good at showing his emotions. He is not good at parallel parking. He is not good at managing his time.
    Could you say (1) he's no good at parallel parking? Is there a difference between that and (2) he's not good at parallel parking?

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    Default Re: no good and not good

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Could you say (1) he's no good at parallel parking? Is there a difference between that and (2) he's not good at parallel parking?
    In my opinion (stressed), #1 implies that he is a disaster, #2 suggests simply that he could be better.

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    Default Re: no good and not good

    I agree. "No good" means totally sucky. "Not good" means simply "not good" but not necessarily "really bad."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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