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    Could the answer be shortened?

    Hi teachers,
    This is the statement, 'But, in the morning there was no news of Alex Dinnon'.
    According to this question, 'What was the news in the morning?' This is a possible answer, 'The news was that there was no news of Alex Dinnon.'
    Could the answer be shortened?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    Your 'possible' answer is clumsy. The natural answer is 'There was no news'.

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    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    Hi 5jj,

    OK. But I've heard this sentence, 'The good news is that there is no news'. Is it wrong?

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    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi 5jj,

    OK. But I've heard this sentence, 'The good news is that there is no news'. Is it wrong?
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    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    No - it's fine. But it wouldn't work as the answer to your question.

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    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi 5jj,

    OK. But I've heard this sentence, 'The good news is that there is no news'. Is it wrong?
    This is fine, but this has a contrast that your sentence doesn't.

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    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This is fine, but this has a contrast that your sentence doesn't.
    Hi Tdol,
    Thank you for your reply. Now I got it. The contrast is because of the adjective 'good', isn't it?

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    #8

    Re: Could the answer be shortened?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Yes, but it's more than that. It's more likely you heard the "good news" formation after a prior context.

    1: I have good news and bad news.
    2: What's the good news?
    1: The good news is there is no news.
    ...

    "No news" being "news" is someone being clever or playful. It's not something a normal person would use when answering "what is/was the news?"

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