Writing Skills: Write Positively

If you're like me, then you prefer to read what did happen rather than what did not happen. To improve your writing, try turning negative words and phrases into "positive" words and phrases. Here is a list that might help you.


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Take care using this list. Sometimes, you will want to keep the word "not". For example, "not guilty" and "innocent" can mean different things.

Table: Turn Negatives Into Positives
Rather than... Try...
not possible impossible
not more than at most
did not succeed failed
did not have lacked
did not remember forgot
not different from similar to
not current outdated
not on purpose accidental
not unless only if
not until only when
not important trivial or unimportant
not true false or untrue
not clear vague, ambiguous, unclear, blurred, or cloudy
did not fail passed or succeeded
not aware ignorant, oblivious, or unaware
not broken fine or working
not closed open

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Last modified on Saturday, 28 November 2015 08:39
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