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positive and negative adjectives


positive and negative adjectives
Hi dear colleagues !
       Is the adjective "shy"  negative or positive  ?
  Some teachers say : This person is intelligent but shy  .
  Others say : He is intelligent and shy . 
  In the first example it is a negative adjective and in the second one it is a positive one .
                         Thanks a lot

11 Oct 2015      

United States

I would say that shy is, overall, slightly negative. Most people prefer friendly, outgoing people. It can be used positively, though. Shyness and intelligence aren ´t correlated, so either conjunction is okay.

11 Oct 2015