I got some good news and bad news

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Winwin2011

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I got some good news and bad news.

Is it natural to leave out the "some"?

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I'm not a teacher, but I would say "I got bad and good news" :)
 

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I'm not a teacher, but I would say "I got bad and good news" :)


I would be shocked if ANY native ever used "bad and good" in that order. Just as we don't say "white and black" or "dad and mom." Some things just go in one order and sound wrong in the other order.
 

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You can leave out "some" in my opinion but I would use "have" not "got".

I have good news and bad news.
 

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You can leave out "some" in my opinion but I would use "have" not "got".

I have good news and bad news.

It depends what the OP means by "got", he might mean "received".
 
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It depends what the OP means by "got", he might mean "received".

That is a very good point! If that's the case, then "some" is entirely optional, but I would suggest either use it twice or not at all.

I went to see my doctor today, to get my test results. I got some good news and some bad news.
I went to see my doctor today, to get my test results. I got good news and bad news.
 

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I would be shocked if ANY native ever used "bad and good" in that order. Just as we don't say "white and black" or "dad and mom." Some things just go in one order and sound wrong in the other order.

I have got good news and bad news. How does this sentence sound? This one sentence sounds really good.
 

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I have got good news and bad news. How does this sentence sound? This one sentence sounds really good.

I find "I have" much more natural than "I have got". However, the contraction "I've got" sounds fine. There's no real explanation for that but it's true.
 
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