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    Default hope for the better / best

    Is there any difference between:

    Let's hope for the better.
    and
    Let's hope for the best.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: hope for the better / best

    'Let's hope for the better.'

    Gives the impression that there is more to come with this sentence, the better what?

    Let's hope for the best.
    This sentence does not need anything added.

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    Default Re: hope for the better / best

    'best' means 'that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable'

    "This restaurant serves the best food in town."
    At a wedding, when two people are starting their new life together, the guests wish them 'the best' - the best that life has to offer.

    'better' compares just two things, and indicates that one is preferred to the other.
    "I like this one better than that."
    "We're moving to Australia. Hopefully, life will be better there than here."

    So - 'change someone's life for the better' suggests a comparison, and that some action will make an improvement to their quality of life compared to their life now.

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