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Does the word "attitude" itself have a negative nuance in it?


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Not all the time, no! When used by itself, yes, it usually means that someone has a negative attitude. But if it's used to describe a certain kind of attitude, it could be positive too! Or if it's someone commenting on someone's positive attitude. Ex: I love your attitude! Keep going, you can do it. => positive Ex: Lose the attitude, Jonathan. Or you're gonna get in trouble. => negative Ex: Let's try to have positive attitudes during training this week. It might help. Ex: Ellen has a very sassy attitude.

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