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    #1

    good and not good

    Can one say
    a. That idea is good and is not at the same time.
    b. That idea is good and is not.

    ?

    The meaning is supposed to be:
    That idea is good and is not good at the same time.

    A strange thing to say, probably, but actually, a lot of ideas are like that!

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: good and not good

    Neither a nor b works for me. The phrasing in your explanation of meaning is much better.

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    #3

    Re: good and not good

    Or "The idea is good yet not good!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: good and not good

    Can we say something like?

    1) That idea is good and not at the same time.
    2) That idea is good and not really at the same time.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: good and not good

    1) is OK.
    2) doesn't work with "really" in that position.

    You could say "That idea is good and really not at the same time." However, that does change the meaning because "really not good" is stronger than just "good".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: good and not good

    Probably better would be:

    That idea has some good points and some bad points.
    Eh?

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