A - It appears that your son is taking my granddaughter to the ball tonight.

B - He is?

A - I'd rather see that not happen. There's no point in being presented if it's improperly, And your Daniel is not a proper companion for a girl like Serena. He's a, um, temporary distraction. I need her to focus on her future.

B - Hers or yours?

A - I am willing to purchase all the paintings in this gallery in exchange for you convincing your son not to accompany Serena. Before you answer, remember... A grown man with children is in a very different position than a young man. The money could be useful now. Not to mention, how much this sale would mean to your wife's career as an artist.

B - Your money was no good for me then... And it's still no good with me now And you can rest assured that like me, my son can't be bought.


It's one clip of the drama "Gossip girl season 1 episode 10". I want to know the difference between "no good for" and "no good with" in the last line.


It needs little more descriptions. B was on intimate terms with A's daughter. The news bowled A over. A visited B and told B to split up with her daughter, giving a lot of money. But B didn't take the proposal. Eventually B and A's daughter parted. And the same situation happens except for two characters' change: B's daughter for B's granddaughter and A for A's son as the script says.

Please help me! Thanks!!

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Probably easiest if you consider the prepositions to be part of a verb phrase. There's many instances in English where prepositions associated with a verb don't really do much but change the verb's meaning.

To be good for means able to truly/really benefit, if the subject is not a person (Note that if the subject is a person, it can then mean to be committed to - but not always)

To be good with X means to be approved by X, the negative to not be good with meaning to be disapproved by X.

  • Then, "your money was no good for me" means "You money didn't benefit for me/You money didn't be useful for me"? And It means "I took the money from you and it's useless and valueless"? Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 13:28
  • @anotherworld - I think we need more context to answer that. From the brief clip we're given, it sounds like these characters have a past conflict that is referenced here. However, we don't know the details of that conflict - either B took the money in the past but later regretted it, or did not take the money because they recognized it as a bad move at that time. Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 14:40
  • By contrast, as ultrasawblade mentions, in the present conflict, B is expressing disapproval of A's attempt to buy his/her way out of the conflict. Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 14:43
  • B didn't take the money of A's and also now B doesn't want to take the money of A's. Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 3:47

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