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    Encounter = negative?

    Hi!

    Without context, how does the verb "encounter" sound to you? Would you assume it's something negative and confrontational, or is it just neutral?

    Thanks for your help :)

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    It does not have any negative connotations for me, but it does signal a "significant" meeting.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    I think that I am more likely to encounter problems than solutions.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Feb-2013 at 12:37.

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nordwald View Post
    Hi!

    Without context(There's no such thing) , how does the verb "encounter" sound to you? Would you assume it's something negative and confrontational, or is it just neutral?

    Thanks for your help :)
    I imagine you mean 'if you hear the word without context'. And I agree that it has no negative connotations.

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I think that I am more likely to encounter problems than solutions.
    Yes, but if you have an encounter with a young lady, it's probably a happy thing.

    I think it's neutral absent any other context.

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    I would say it's neutral without knowing the context. With the context, it can be anything!

    Brief Encounter (film) = romantic, a little sad.
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (film) = a little scary but ultimately happy.
    An encounter with a knifeman on your way home at 3am = terrifying
    Encountering problems at work = frustrating
    Encountering Brad Pitt on my doorstep when I get home from work = gobsmackingly wonderful (but sadly unlikely).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Encountering Brad Pitt on my doorstep when I get home from work = gobsmackingly wonderful

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    Re: Encounter = negative?

    This reminds me of my daughter's primary-school essay about the Annunciation. The teacher marked her down for saying 'When Mary heard that she was going to have a baby she was gobsmacked. (I thought it was brilliant. )

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