Hope or hopes

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Hope can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, it means to desire or believe something to be true or to come to pass. As a noun it is the feeling of desiring or believing something to be true or to come to pass.

The noun form may be countable or uncountable. To lose all hope is subtly different than people losing their hopes and dreams. One is the mass idea of losing any chance of hoping, and the other is losing specific hopes that can be listed. To have hope (mass) is different than to have hopes (plural), and in certain cases either may be correct.

Some idioms are standardized. It is always don’t get your hopes upin the hope that, and hope so.


Unlike the advanced countries where welfare services are provided for them, our society has unconsciously ignored them and many of them do not have hope of tomorrow; so we provide the platform for them to survive and live life to its fullest, irrespective of their social status,” she revealed. [All Africa]

“We designed the film in the hope that it was one story of one family, but that these ideas would resonate with audiences because of the intimacy in the film,” Silver told AFP in an interview. [Jakarta Globe]

“That’s the plan. I hope so,” Peppers said late last week, during the Packers’ playoff bye week. [ESPN Wisconsin]

“We hope so,” Devils GM/coach Lamoriello told NJ Advance Media. [Star-Ledger]

Well, don’t get your hopes up too high if you are a woman, working outside Dublin, are over 40 and in a traditional job. [Irish Independent]