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    a good piece of news / a piece of good news

    I searched the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) and found the following results:

    a piece of good/bad news(But no results for 'a good/bad piece of news')
    a sad/surprising/boring/shocking/great/small piece of news

    And I read in a Cambridge grammar book: a nice hot cup of coffee / a cup of nice hot coffee

    Do native speakers use both 'a piece of good/bad news' and 'a good/bad piece of news'? Where should we put the adjectives in a NOUN A of NOUN B structure?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: a good piece of news / a piece of good news

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I searched the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) and found the following results:

    a piece of good/bad news(But no results for 'a good/bad piece of news')
    a sad/surprising/boring/shocking/great/small piece of news

    And I read in a Cambridge grammar book: a nice hot cup of coffee / a cup of nice hot coffee

    Do native speakers use both 'a piece of good/bad news' and 'a good/bad piece of news'? Where should we put the adjectives in a NOUN A of NOUN B structure?

    Thank you in advance.
    Both are used by native speakers.

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