What's an alternative for "Don't"?

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I am not too crazy about saying "Don't". For example: "Don't skip this chapter"

What's a good alternative?

Thanks
#alternative
  • Profile picture of the author nwik
    There's no such thing as using too much "don't."

    But you could try using "never" or "not."
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  • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
    skip this chapter and you'll miss out
    skip this chapter and you'll be sorry
    skip this chapter at your own cost

    To name but a few
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  • Profile picture of the author Whintaked40
    If you does not like to say dont then you can say never and other as you wish.
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  • Profile picture of the author ollestella1874
    You could say SAVE THIS CHAPTER, its worth its wait in gold!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Crimes
    This chapter is only for true ACTION TAKERS!
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  • Profile picture of the author john01a
    Why not try to say why they should read, instead of why they should not, not read...

    For example:
    -...If you want to know about [?], then the chapter is going to be an important one
    -... then the next chapter will surprise you
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by George Lukas View Post

    What's a good alternative?
    Don't worry about it.
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    Very Important Chapter You Must Read!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    Some people just work too hard at everything...

    Originally Posted by George Lukas View Post

    I am not too crazy about saying "Don't". For example: "Don’t skip this chapter"

    What's a good alternative?
    Do NOT Skip This Chapter


    When you really want to stress a point, don't be a wuss.
    Eliminate contractions. Be direct. Be emphatic!!
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    try using an online thesaurus for this

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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      try using an online thesaurus for this
      What's another word for "thesaurus"?
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    "If you skip this chapter, you don't even have a chance of seeing the results you want..."

    Change "seeing the results you want" to whatever it is your prospect desires:

    - If you skip this chapter, you don't even have a chance of improving your credit score

    - If you skip this chapter, you don't even have a chance of losing that excess fat

    Regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author katrim
    Depending on your niche and writing style, you can use the more smart-ass version of it:

    "A thou shalt not skip this chapter"

    If not, I think this could work well too:

    Skipping this chapter? A big NO-NO!
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    You're not crazy about it, but does it work?Coz, in my world, it works wonders when it comes to telling people what not to do.

    Not being flip, just pointing out that you not liking it isn't the right test.
    Originally Posted by George Lukas View Post

    I am not too crazy about saying "Don't". For example: "Don't skip this chapter"

    What's a good alternative?

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author aronprins
    Make sure to go over this chapter!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cali16
    Originally Posted by George Lukas View Post

    I am not too crazy about saying "Don't". For example: "Don't skip this chapter"

    What's a good alternative?

    Thanks
    Simple. You frame it in the positive.

    Example: "This chapter is an absolute must-read!"
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  • Profile picture of the author rooneymanutd
    "NEVER do this" works for me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel1000
    Make sure you do.
    Read this chapter
    When you read this chapter, xyz will happen.
    Reading this chapter will help you xyz..
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Byley0
    Several different ways: be sure not to, remember to, make sure not too, important not to, must not,
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  • "Do not skip this chapter."

    "Skip not this chapter."

    "Skippeth not this chapter."

    "Thou skippeth not this chapter."

    "Skippeth not this chapter, thou knave, thou naughty knave, thou saucy fellow!"

    Yoda style: "This chapter skip not."
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    "required reading"

    This chapter is necessary. Please read it to gain success.

    Here is a warning. Remember if you cut corners... they will cut you. Read all chapters!

    Skip this chapter and you skip out on success. Read every word and understand the message.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    "Don't skip this chapter" = "Read this chapter for the 1 single most reason why you should _____" (fill in the blank).

    A good teaser usually keep them going.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
    Originally Posted by George Lukas View Post

    I am not too crazy about saying "Don't". For example: "Don't skip this chapter"

    What's a good alternative?

    Thanks
    Strunk & White would have you flip it to the positive form:

    "Skipping this chapter would be an enormous mistake!"

    HOWEVER...

    If you are using words and phrases such as, "Don't" and "Do Not" in the context of SELLING, it may actually work in your favor.

    For example, "Don't buy this eBook" is what's known as a "negative command" and could influence someone to do just the opposite.

    I wrote about this in detail in a recent blog post if you're interested:

    The Positive Influence of Negative Commands
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  • Profile picture of the author marks2424
    Avoid could be a good word
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  • Reverse psychology:

    NOTICE: You are forbidden and not allowed to read this critically important chapter (we didn't really want to share the valuable info there, but were contractually required to).
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  • Profile picture of the author Dano101
    Parlay on skipping this chapter as it will bare beneficial to you in the long run.
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