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How can I CHANGE the tone of this SENTENCE? Change the sentence "The SMART STUDENT RECEIVED good GRADES", into a more positive tone and a more negative tone ONLY CHANGING the BOLDED WORDS! Thanks!Positive -...

How can I CHANGE the tone of this SENTENCE?

Change the sentence "The SMART STUDENT RECEIVED good GRADES", into a more positive tone and a more negative tone ONLY CHANGING the BOLDED WORDS! Thanks!

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Clearly, diction, the choice of words, sets the tone of sentences. So, in selecting words to create a more positive tone, the writer must consider both the denotation (literal definition) and the connotation (what meanings are suggested) of words.

With respect to the word smart, for instance, there are differing denotations such as mentally quick, intelligent, clever, shrewd.  Connotations of this word include being capable of turning situations to one's advantage and resourceful and clever more than having high innate mental capabilities. Therefore, in order to give the sentence a more positive tone, perhaps the writer can use what the editor has noted, and write

The shrewd and mentally quick student earned As and Bs.

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First, before changing tone, identify clearly what the bold words are saying. The tone here is semi-positive; it's a little more positive than neutral. Clearly what the bold words indicate is that a well respected student scholar received admirable marks on their (non-gender...

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