Is the phrase 'good for you' do use either positive and negative sense? If so, can you write examples? *sorry, I meant BOTH senses - negative and positive*
Aug 12, 2018 2:43 PM
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The same phrase can have different meanings in different English-speaking countries or in different social situations. In my experience, it is a negative phrase used to mock someone who wants praise for a trivial accomplishment. "Good job!" "Good work!" is common for a positive phrase.
August 12, 2018
"Good for you" can be used both in a positive sense (as a complement when someone has done something well) or in a negative sense (as sarcasm, or to mock someone who has done something that they should not have done). Whether a speaker is using it in the positive sense or the negative sense will be conveyed by the tone of their voice.
August 12, 2018
Positive scenario (Mary is impressed by Jack's decision) Jack: I'm done with this job. Tomorrow I'm going to hand in my resignation and them I'm going to open my own restaurant. Mary: Good for you, Jack. Negative scenario (Jane isn't so happy to see Chris) Chris: Jane, I've missed you so much! Jane: Good for you, Chris. Negative scenario (Steve isn't impressed by Jim's sales techniques) Jim: ... and then I told her "of course you'll make your money back in no time". And she believed me! Ha! Steve: Good for you, Jim.
August 12, 2018
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