Why Use Positive Phrasing?

Posted on: January 7, 2010

One of the most important reasons for using positive phrasing is that your readers will more quickly and thoroughly understand what you have to say than if you phrase things in a negative way.

Because it takes more words to express something negatively, positive phrasing makes your writing more direct. Such expressions tend to be more lively and appealing as well, because people are attracted to the positive.

There are many negative words; here are a few of the most commonly used: no, none, never and not. Whenever possible, rewrite a phrase containing one of these words, so that you express the idea in a more positive way.

For example:

Negative: We do not have many apples. Better: We have few apples.

Negative: Bob never eats spinach. Better: Bob avoids eating spinach; or Bob prefers other vegetables to spinach.

You get the idea. Make your writing more appealing by expressing yourself in a positive way whenever possible.  Elizabeth Lexleigh  The Write Ideas


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