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I remember from my school days, the interpretation of phrase - "too good".

For example:

Sentence: The news is too good to be true.

Exaplanation: The news is so good that it cannot be true.

Sentence: The print in the book was to good to be read

Explanation: The print in the book was so good that it could not be read. This is tantamount to saying - the print was bad.

Now my Question: In these phrases, we used 'too good' followed by 'to'. How would we interpret the sentences where 'too good' is followed by 'for'.

What would be explanation for following sentences

Sentence: The boy is too good for the job

Sentence: The boy is too good.

Sentence: The news is too good for newspaper.

Thanks!

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"The boy is too good" might mean "the boy is very good," but it might also mean "the boy is unnaturally good - there's something suspicious about him!"
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Hi,

I agree with the interpretations already given. Here's another.

The news is too good for newspaper.

Perhaps I'm trying to make the point that newspapers prefer to print only bad news.

I note that you are looking for unambiguousness. I think that's often very hard to achieve, in English and in all languages. So much depends on context, and the way that you say the words and look while you are saying them.

For example, I could give the sentence the intonation of a question.

The news is too good for the newspaper? I don't agree with you at all!

Best wishes, Clive
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Sentence: The boy is too good for the job

Sentence: The boy is too good.

Sentence: The news is too good for newspaper.

1. The boy is over-qualified for the job.

2. The boy is very good.

3. (I'm not sure about this one.) The news is extremely good, and it would be a waste to put it in a newspaper only. Maybe they should broadcast it over the television too. Emotion: stick out tongue
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Any more definitive answers? I am looking for a pattern to interpret these sentences unambiguously....
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