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Chapter 7. Communication > Positive or Negative Communication

Positive or Negative Communication

Some words that indicate communication convey a positive or negative intention. Scold, criticize, and mock, for example, deliver a negative message to the listener. On the other hand, praise, compliment, and cheer deliver a positive message. How would you categorize the italicized words in the following sentences? Remember to use your common sense to help you determine each word's meaning.

  • The supervisor admonished the clerk for his poor performance.

    Since the clerk's performance was poor, the supervisor's communication would probably deliver a negative message. Indeed, admonished means “scolded” or “reprimanded.”

  • Ruth's chief commended her for her quick action during the crisis.

    Ruth's chief would probably not scold her for quick action in a crisis, but praise her. Commend means “praise” or “compliment” and has a positive message for the hearer.


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