Business grammar exercise: diplomacy using not + very + adjective

Business English vocabulary exercise, intermediate and upper-intermediate level.

Sounding diplomatic: not + very

We often avoid ‘negative’ adjectives in order to sound polite and diplomatic. Instead we use not + very + a ‘positive’ adjective.

For instance, rather than say a decision was bad, we might say it wasn’t very good. That way, we sound less direct and more diplomatic.

Exercise instructions

Fill in the gaps to make each sentence sound polite and diplomatic. Use one word unless otherwise stated.

Example

The remark was insensitive.
The remark wasn’t very sensitive.

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