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    Winwin2011 is offline Senior Member
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    Default I got some good news and bad news

    I got some good news and bad news.

    Is it natural to leave out the "some"?

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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I got some good news and bad news.

    Is it natural to leave out the "some"?

    Thanks.
    No, it's not.

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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    I'm not a teacher, but I would say "I got bad and good news" :)

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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but I would say "I got bad and good news" :)

    I would be shocked if ANY native ever used "bad and good" in that order. Just as we don't say "white and black" or "dad and mom." Some things just go in one order and sound wrong in the other order.
    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: I got some good news and bad news

    You can leave out "some" in my opinion but I would use "have" not "got".

    I have good news and bad news.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can leave out "some" in my opinion but I would use "have" not "got".

    I have good news and bad news.
    It depends what the OP means by "got", he might mean "received".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jan-2013 at 20:26. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends what the OP means by "got", he might mean "received".
    That is a very good point! If that's the case, then "some" is entirely optional, but I would suggest either use it twice or not at all.

    I went to see my doctor today, to get my test results. I got some good news and some bad news.
    I went to see my doctor today, to get my test results. I got good news and bad news.
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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would be shocked if ANY native ever used "bad and good" in that order. Just as we don't say "white and black" or "dad and mom." Some things just go in one order and sound wrong in the other order.
    I have got good news and bad news. How does this sentence sound? This one sentence sounds really good.

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    Default Re: I got some good news and bad news

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    I have got good news and bad news. How does this sentence sound? This one sentence sounds really good.
    I find "I have" much more natural than "I have got". However, the contraction "I've got" sounds fine. There's no real explanation for that but it's true.
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