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    I hope not (yes or no)

    Hi everyone,
    I do not quite understand what "I hope not." in this context means. Does it mean that B hopes he will not come or does it mean that B hopes that John will come?

    A-Is John not coming?
    B-I hope not.

    What about this example?

    A-Isn't John coming?
    B-I hope not.

    Does "I hope not." have the same meaning in both the examples?

    Thank you.

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    Re: I hope not (yes or no)

    I think they are the same
    B hope that John will coming
    in both cases
    but i'm not sure sorry

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    Re: I hope not (yes or no)

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I do not quite understand what "I hope not." in this context means. Does it mean that B hopes he will not come or does it mean that B hopes that John will come?

    A-Is John not coming?
    B-I hope not.

    What about this example?

    A-Isn't John coming?
    B-I hope not.

    Does "I hope not." have the same meaning in both the examples?

    Thank you.
    For me, they have the same meaning. The speaker hopes that John will not come.

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    Re: I hope not (yes or no)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2 View Post
    I think they are the same
    Welcome to the forum, Hope2.

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