1. kristina07 Member

    Bs As Argentina
    Argentina
    Could anyone tell me the difference between shrewd and sly, please?

    I think that one of them has a negative connotation, but I don't know which one.
     
  2. EmilyD Senior Member

    Rhode Island
    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
     
  3. DCPaco Senior Member

    Planet Earth
    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.
     
  4. LeaM

    LeaM Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    Estoy de acuerdo.
     
  5. kristina07 Member

    Bs As Argentina
    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?
     
  6. EmilyD Senior Member

    Rhode Island
    U.S., English
    I would recommend:

    "wise" or "well-thought out" or even "clever".

    Nomi
     
  7. kristina07 Member

    Bs As Argentina
    Argentina
    Thank you for your recommendation EmiliD but I had only to choose the correct alternative. The sentence was already done.

    Thanks
     
  8. LeaM

    LeaM Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    I think you chose the correct answer.
     
  9. kristina07 Member

    Bs As Argentina
    Argentina
    Thanks a lot LeaM ;)
     

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