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    How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    How do you put a positive spin on this sentence?

    "You better stop that cheeky answering back young man!"


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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

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    How do you put a positive spin on this sentence?

    "You better stop that cheeky answering back young man!"
    Are you issuing an order: "You better stop that cheeky answering back, young man!" or making a statement: "You better stop that cheeky answering-back young man"?

    What exactly do you mean by "put a positive spin" on it?

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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

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    How do you put a positive spin on this sentence?

    "You better stop that cheeky answering back young man!"
    Please speak to me politely, <name> and try not to answer back.

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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    I have found the best thing to say is:

    Can you say (or ask) that more politely?

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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    hello,
    "You better stop that cheeky answering back young man!"
    What acctually is negative in the sentence ?

    Cheeky apart from being slightly rude or showing a lack of respect means being funny; It seems to me a little contradict with patronising "young man".


    Cheers,

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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hello,


    What acctually is negative in the sentence ?

    Cheeky apart from being slightly rude or showing a lack of respect means being funny; It seems to me a little contradict with patronising "young man".


    Cheers,
    Cheeky means "insolent, impudent". Occasionally some people might find it funny, but that's not the primary definition. For example, seeking out another person's posts to rubbish them is cheeky, but it's not funny.

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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    hello,

    I thing we could say by ton of voice whether it was seen as funny or not.
    As we don't have the information, so...
    If it was used in the essential meaning then again, what is negative in saying that "the youg man" 's reaction was cheeky ?

    It's not a statemnt about a person only about his reaction.


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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    "You better stop (threatening) that cheeky answering back (puts a value judgment on the answers) young man! (condescending)"

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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    Hello,

    Can the meaning be twisted by changes in voise?
    I mean ton of voice, intonation, sters.

    Cheers,


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    Re: How do you put a positive spin on this question?

    Tone of voice and intonation can certainly shift the intention, though not necessarily the meaning.

    Saying "You better stop that cheeky answering-back, young man!" witha light tone would be less threatening and imply the person was seeing it as something not very serious. A strong tone would indicate anger and resentment.

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