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Chapter 37. “No” at the Start of a Sentence

Chapter 37. “No” at the Start of a Sentence

SEE ALSO “FIVE FORBIDDEN PHRASES

The word “no” at the start of a sentence is unproductive, conveys rejection, and is too blunt. Sentences can be grammatically correct without the word “no.” But this is not as easy as it sounds. Turn to the person next to you and ask, “Have you ever been to China?” He or she will probably say, “No, I haven’t.” But it would be just as correct to answer, “I haven’t been there yet.” That is much more pleasing to the ear.


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