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Avoiding the Double Negative

“How can you possibly have an international agreement that’s effective unless countries like China and India are not full participants?”

–George W. Bush,

“One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be.”

–George W. Bush, on military benefits, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

IF you look through many quotes of George Bush, you will see a variety of double negatives; they suggest a confused and simple mind. Don’t come across like the President of the US. Choose instead clarity – say what you mean.

Don’t not say a complicated way of creating confusion when things could, in all honesty, be less complicated than you have failed to put across.

Examples of Double Negatives and Better Alternatives

  • It’s Not a Bad Idea
  • It’s a promising idea
  • I couldn’t agree less
  • I disagree
  • It’s not completely useless.
  • It has some potential.
  • I’m not particularly happy with the progress that has not occured in the past few weeks.
  • The lack of progress, in the past few weeks has been dissapointing.

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