shrewd vs sly

  • EmilyD

    Senior Member
    U.S., English
    Welcome kristina07!

    I like your question. I think they both have negative connotations, but that the context is of vital weight here.

    If some one said, " He made a shrewd decision." That could be a compliment, but not necessarily.

    I think "sly" is more often negative than positive, but not always.

    Your post could be entertained in the English Only forum also. Please consider sharing with us your context. Is this for a literary project? Is the audience British? et cetera...;)

    Saludos, Nomi
     

    DCPaco

    Senior Member
    Spanish of Mexico/ English of the USA
    sly es astuto pero más "ladino" (con toda alevosía y ventaja)

    shrewd no es tan dado al engaño, es astuto y que sus decisiones (como una persona en el mundo empresarial) son acertadas.
     

    LeaM

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    sly es astuto pero más "ladino" (con toda alevosía y ventaja)

    shrewd no es tan dado al engaño, es astuto y que sus decisiones (como una persona en el mundo empresarial) son acertadas.
    Estoy de acuerdo.
     

    kristina07

    Member
    Argentina
    I have to choose the correct word in the next sentence:

    The proposal to pay staff at the company a bonus for working longer hours was a shrewd / sly one.

    With your help I've decided that the correct one in this sentence is shrewd.

    Do you agree with me partners?
     
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