This is a question I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. We have two words: “affirmative” and “claim.” I feel like this is a big topic in the modern world and I feel like there are many ways to make use of these words, to be in a position to actually claim something. So, I decided I would start with an affirmative claim.
“Affirmative claim” here is the process of establishing a claim or position on a matter. For example, in the case of our current conversation, we have a proposition (“we should be building the new building”) and we have a counter-proposition (we should be painting our new home). We could use a negative claim, which is to claim a lack, a fault, a defect, or something that we feel we don’t have or should not have.
Now, as it turns out, the new building has been built, but the paint has still not been applied. The counter-proposition is that the new building is in need of painting, and that we should paint the new building.
There are countless possibilities you could use a positive claim for. In this case we think that you have some positive claim to our new building, or you could use a personal opinion about it, as well as a negative claim, which is to call it an example of a failure, a problem, a defect, or something that you feel we should not have.
I think that you have a positive claim to our new building. The building is in need of being painted, and we should paint the building.
I think that the new building is in need of being painted. It is a very nice new building, and we should paint it.
We have a positive claim to our new building. It is in good shape and it is a beautiful new building. We should paint it.
For affirmative claims, the first and last examples are the easiest. They are just simply statements of fact. In the case of negative claims and positive claims, you need to make a specific argument.
Negative claims and positive claims are two different things. Negative claims (“We claim that the building is in need of painting”) are just general claims. Positive claims (“We claim that the building is beautiful”) are specific claims. So to claim that the building is in need of painting, you need to argue that the building is in need of painting. To claim that the building is beautiful, you need to argue that the building is in need of painting.