Positive and negative


Why is it that I can declare that I am positive about something like, "I'm positive that I placed that on the table", but I cannot use the word "negative" in the same fashion, or can I?

asked Jul 06 '14 at 06:43 bort2bort New member

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When you look at a dictionary, you will see that most words have more than one meaning depending on how it is used. In many ways, negative is the opposite of positive. One of the definitions for positive is "confident in opinion or assertion." But there is no definition for negative that means the opposite of confident in opinion or assertion. Why not? I don't know. The English language is full of inconsistencies.

link comment answered Jul 07 '14 at 10:20 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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