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    "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    Hi all,

    Is 'inevitable' used for negative cases? Is there any other word, meaning 'certain to happen', more appropriately used for positive concepts?

    For example: "Such technological achievements in medicine are inevitable."

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    #2

    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    "Inevitable" can be use for negative or positive.

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    But I do agree it can have a more negative than positive feeling. You can say something is "certain" if you wish to avoid that feeling. ("Certain" can be negative too.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    For example: "Such technological achievements in medicine are inevitable."
    The usage sounds OK to me. How about breakthroughs instead of achievements?

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The usage sounds OK to me. How about breakthroughs instead of achievements?
    'Breakthroughs' sounds great, and I'll use it if it makes a better collocation. Thanks.

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    'Inevitable' which means 'cannot be avoided' does not sound positive.
    You could replace that with 'forthcoming'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    That is only one definition of "inevitable". Others do not contain the sense of "avoidance".

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    You could replace that with 'forthcoming'.
    I think a forthcoming event could still be stopped, i.e. it is not necessarily inevitable, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    Whether or not technological achievements can be stopped is not the issue.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: "Inevitable", used for negative cases?

    Then what is the issue?

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