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    "Good or Bad"

    I like writing articles to practice my English skills. So while writing the story about well-respected business people, I came up with the following sentence:

    "But no matter how good or bad things are, one thing is for sure their power is respected."

    Since my primary goal is to use diverse words, how can I else use "good or bad" part of the aforementioned sentence? I'm looking for something more soundy. Positive and Negative won't work for sure...

    Or would you just recommend to leave it as it is?

    Thank you.

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    I would say leave it- it is a perfectly natural collocation.

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    Re: "Good or Bad"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    I like writing articles to practice my English skills. So while writing the story about well-respected business people, I came up with the following sentence:

    "But no matter how good or bad things are, one thing is for sure their power is respected."
    I see no reason to change that. It is pretty straightforward and shoud be easily understood. However:

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Since my primary goal is to use diverse words, how can I else use "good or bad" part of the aforementioned sentence? I'm looking for something more soundy. Positive and Negative won't work for sure...
    I'm not sure what you mean by "diverse words". Perhaps what you mean is that you wish to spice up your writing by using a variety of vocabulary to keep it from getting stale. I'm not sure what you mean by soundy (which is not really a word). Perhaps the word you are looking for is punchy. Certainly, "good or bad" is punchier than "positive or negative".

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Or would you just recommend to leave it as it is?
    Yes, "good or bad" works well there. (Say: "Would you recommend leaving it as it is?")

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Thank you.
    You're welcome. :D

    I recommend that you register. You can get more out of the forum that way. You can keep the nickname "Anonymous" if you like.

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