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    Default Not all hope is lost etc

    1. Not all hope is lost.
    2. All hope is not lost.
    3. Not all hopes are lost.
    4. All hopes are not lost.

    When we want to persuade someone not to lose hope, can all four above be used?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Not all hope is lost etc

    I'd use 1.

    Or just say "Don't lose hope!"
    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: Not all hope is lost etc

    Thanks a lot, Barb. Then the sentence underlined in the following is not good English, isn't it?


    All hope was not lost.Soon after the quakes,the army sent 150,000 soldiers to Tangshan to help the rescue workers.Hundreds of thousands of people were helped.The army organized teams to dig out those who were trapped and to bury the dead.

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    Default Re: Not all hope is lost etc

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thanks a lot, Barb. Then the sentence underlined in the following is not good English, isn't it?


    All hope was not lost.Soon after the quakes,the army sent 150,000 soldiers to Tangshan to help the rescue workers.Hundreds of thousands of people were helped.The army organized teams to dig out those who were trapped and to bury the dead.
    It's fine.

    In fact, I prefer #2 to #1 - though #1 is also acceptable.

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