What Is an Affirmative Statement?

By Shannon Keen

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In grammar, an affirmative statement is any statement that affirms something to be true. In a more general context, an affirmative statement is any statement that agrees with or supports a given proposition or idea.

Affirmative

The term "affirmative" is a synonym of the term "positive." It indicates an attitude of acceptance or approval toward a previously expressed statement or idea. An affirmative response is sometimes referred to as an agreement.

Grammar

In a grammatical context, an affirmative statement states a truth. For example, the statement "I am awake" is an affirmative statement. It affirms the fact that the speaker is awake. In such a statement, the verb must always follow the subject.

Uses

Affirmative statements can have two basic uses, depending on which meaning is being applied. When its grammatical meaning is being applied, an affirmative statement can be used to state any basic fact. In conversation, it allows the speaker to verbally express agreement.

About the Author

Based in central Pennsylvania, Shannon Keen has been writing since 2003. She writes for various websites, specializing in film, literature and gaming. Keen started writing for her high school newspaper and went on to win a Gold Key in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Writing Competition. She is pursuing a degree in English literature at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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