Encounter = negative?

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Nordwald

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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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It does not have any negative connotations for me, but it does signal a "significant" meeting.
 

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I think that I am more likely to encounter problems than solutions.
 
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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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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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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).
 

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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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