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What's the difference between "keeping hope" and "keeping good hope"? I heard both, but unlike in case of the difference between "faith" and "good faith", the latter of which doesn't even imply faith, I can't see the difference and can't find any explanation to this in Webster.

  • Idiomatically, you can keep faith, but it's not idiomatic to speak of keeping hope. If you heard that, it was from other nns, or people with "non-standard" ideas about how to use these expressions. – FumbleFingers Jan 4 at 14:41
  • (Note that to keep faith means to honour one's commitment. It's not really got much to do with the sense of faith = belief.) – FumbleFingers Jan 4 at 14:45
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    I can think of some contexts where "keeping hope" might be used, such as "Keeping hope in our hearts during the surgery" or something, but I can't think of any contexts for "keeping good hope". – Tashus Jan 4 at 14:59
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    On the other hand, it's perfectly natural to tell people to keep hoping. (However, good hoping is not used.) – Jason Bassford Jan 4 at 16:58
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To keep hope means not to lose hope. However the phrase "Keep hope!" isn't used much any more. It is a 19th century locution. Nowadays we say "Don't lose hope!".

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