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    My summary about 'so' and 'not'

    Hi, friends,
    I don't mean to bother you, but I really need your help. Would you please spare a little time to have a look at my summary below. If there are any mistakes, would you please be kind enough to point them out?
    Thanks a lot in advance.

    A: I hope he has failed his exam.
    B (agrees): I hope so, too. /Me too. /And me. /So do I. / Same here. /I hope the same. /Likewise.
    B (disagrees): I hope he hasn’t! / I hope not. (‘I don’t hope so.’ is not suitable, people never say that.)

    A: I hope he hasn’t failed his exam.
    B (agrees): I hope so, too. /Me too. /And me. /So do I. / Same here. /I hope the same. /Likewise.
    B (disagrees): I hope he has! (‘I hope not’ is not suitable here. It would be confusing.)

    Conclusion:
    Whether person A says ‘I hope he has failed his exam’ or ‘I hope he hasn't failed his exam.’ if person B agrees with person A, the replies are the same; if person B disagrees with person A, the replies to the two statements are totally different.

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    Re: My summary about 'so' and 'not'

    Your comments and conclusions look fine to me.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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