novedad - always good news?

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by solea1717, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. solea1717 Senior Member

    English, USA
    Hi there,

    Does a "novedad" always refer to news that is good? Or can a novedad also refer to bad news? For example, does it sound redundant to say, "buenas novedades"?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Vespre Member

    Spanish/Catalan
    "Novedad" can refer both to bad or good news. But we never say "buenas novedades". As much, you could say "una novedad buena", in singular.

    ;) I hope it helps you
     
  3. ksequen

    ksequen Banned

    Guatemala
    Guatemala, Spanish
    Hi solea1717,

    The word "novedad" is neutral.
    For example, you can ask someone: ¿Alguna novedad? (Anything new?)
    And the answer could be a good new or a bad one.

    It's also used to say: Sin novedad. (Nothing's new -or- without any incidents).

    How ever, if you want to say good news, you can say: Buenas noticias. It's more colloquial.

    In addition, as Vespre posted, we usually use "novedad" in singular.
     
  4. Luis Albornoz

    Luis Albornoz Senior Member

    Santa Fe
    Castellano - Argentina
    Novedad es tan neutro como noticia, pueden ser buenas o malas.
     
  5. solea1717 Senior Member

    English, USA
    Thanks a lot!
     

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