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    sweet and simple 'no'

    The key to this question in blue in my reading test says that the word 'sweet' (in orange) determines that the answer to No.57 is B.
    57. When you say "no" to others you should say it in a ________.
      
      A. secret way     B. polite way      

    C. proud way      D. guilty way

    My questions: Does 'sweet' mean 'polite' here? Could 'sweet and' be only an intensifier? Thank you in advance.

    (Following is the reading passage:)


     
    Listen carefully, working people, we would like to introduce you something that could save your precious time and money! Best of all, it is free!  
      It's "no".  
      What do you ask? We'll say it again: "No".  
      Sweet and simple "no".  
      Say "no" at your office and see how quickly that pile of work on your desk disappears.  
      "Saying 'no' to others means you are saying 'yes' to yourself," said   Leslie Charles, a professional speaker from East Lansing, Michigan.  
      "Time is precious. People are spending money to buy time. And yet we are willing to give up our time because we can't say 'no' ."  
      Charles, a famous writer, said people who always say "yes" need to say "no" without guilt or fear of punishment.  
      "I would rather have someone give me a loving 'no' than an obligated 'yes', " she said.  
      Susie Watson says she feels "no" obligation to give an explanation when she says "no" either socially or professionally. Does she feel guilty about it? "Not at all," said Watson, who is director of advertising and public relations at Timex Corp in Middlebury, Conneticut. "Most people are afraid of saying 'no'… My advice is to say 'yes' only if you don't mean 'no'."
      
      Watson said "no" is the most effective weapon against wasting time. "Every year there are more demands on your time… Other people are happy to use up your time," Watson said. Time saving appears to be "no's" greatest friend.
      
      "No" can be your new friend, a powerful tool to take back your life. "No" may even take you further in the business world than "yes".
      
      "No" is power and strength. "No" now seems completely correct. "Saying 'no' isn't easy. but finally it's greatly liberating," Charles said. But, he added, a "no" project needs to be worked on every day because it is hard to change long-term habit.
      
      But he also warns: "Don't go to extremes. Don't find yourself saying 'no' to everything. In return you should learn to hear 'no'. "
      
        
      


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    Re: sweet and simple 'no'

    (Not a teacher)
    Could 'sweet and' be only an intensifier?
    This is correct. 'sweet and simple' is used rhetorically to emphasise the simplicity of what the passage is about, and stressing the couple of lines before it - the use of 'no'.

    You infer from the passage that the answer is 'polite way' in several ways:

    secret way - I infer this from the fact that the passage is saying 'no' should be said whenever it is appropriate to do so.

    proud way - I infer this from the fact the passage tells you to be humble about your use of 'no' - "Don't go to extremes. Don't find yourself saying 'no' to everything."

    guilty way - I infer this from the passage from things such as, ""Saying 'no' to others means you are saying 'yes' to yourself," said   Leslie Charles... I would rather have someone give me a loving 'no' than an obligated 'yes', " she said... Does she feel guilty about it? "Not at all," said Watson"

    There could be other indicators in there that I have missed.

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