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    usage of not

    Make definite assertions. Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, non-committal language. Use the word not as a means of denial or in antithesis, never as a means of evasion.

    The above text is copied from a webpage. Can somebody explain this to me?

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    Re: usage of not

    Don't for example. say "It's not impossible". If whatever it is is possible, say so.Don't be woolly.

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    Re: usage of not

    The government spending on free college education may not be practical.

    Here, 'not' is used in a sense of evasion or not? I thought a lot about it.

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    Re: usage of not

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Here, ​is 'not' is used in a sense of evasion or not
    No.

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    Re: usage of not

    I would say that source of evasion here is using may rather than is. However, it could also be a truthful description of affairs and not an attempt to soften the truth.

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    Re: usage of not

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    The government spending on free college education may not be practical.

    Here, 'not' is used in a sense of evasion or not? I thought a lot about it.
    "Not" is used in negation.

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