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    unfriendly vs. not friendly

    Dear all,

    Can anyone tell me the difference (in meaning, reference, etc.) between:

    1. John is not friendly.
    2. John is unfriendly.

    Many thanks.

    P.

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    Re: unfriendly vs. not friendly

    unfriendly = not friendly
    no difference.

    other eg. - unsociable=not sociable, unkind=not kind

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: unfriendly vs. not friendly

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear all,

    Can anyone tell me the difference (in meaning, reference, etc.) between:

    1. John is not friendly.
    2. John is unfriendly.

    Many thanks.

    P.
    (not a professional teacher) The first is passive. He is not friendly, he does not display a friendly attitude. It describes the passive absence of a positive attribute.

    The second is active. He is unfriendly, he is hostile and acts in an unfriendly manner, as opposed to merely refraining from acting in a friendly manner.


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    Re: unfriendly vs. not friendly

    Could you tell me contexts of usage to make the difference more clear to me?

    P.

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