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    #1

    give the speaker more credibility

    The following in red is confusing, although I can translate it literally. Would you please paraphrase it more easily? You don't have to explain the meanings of each word.

    Here are some examples of words that turn prospective friends and customers off: "amazing," "excellent," "fabulous," "fantastic," "incredible," ..... Ironically, extremely negative words, especially if directed toward an opponent, appear to give the speaker more credibility in the eyes of the listener by casting doubt on the other person. It's just another example of the power of no.

    Thank you.

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    Re: give the speaker more credibility

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I think that the passage means that if you tell someone that The Parser is "intelligent, handsome, and awesome," your

    listener may think "That's too good to be true." On other hand, if you tell someone that The Parser is "stupid, old, and

    ignorant," your listener will believe your words more.

    Here in the United States, we are getting ready to elect a president in November. According to what we are taught in

    school, the two candidates should be positive. That is, they should tell the people their plans to improve the country.

    But in real life, "everyone" says this is going to be a very dirty (negative) campaign. Just as the writer of your

    passage said, throwing dirt (being negative) at the other candidate seems to work. Sadly, the writer says, the more

    negative you are about another person, the more your listener will believe that you are telling the truth!

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    #3

    Re: give the speaker more credibility

    It's been a great help.

    Many thanks.

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