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I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things.

As pointed out by @Tᴚoɯɐuo in this thread, the part "with a bit pessimistic views of things" doesn't look idiomatic.

I am an introvert, right. But I am not a pessimist to the extent of seeing only bad parts of a situation/thing. That's why I used 'a bit'.

I ponder over the negatives of an issue before moving to its positive sides. That's why I introduced a subordinate clause (not sure how the part ', with...' is called) instead of directly saying

I am an introvert and pessimist.

It seems too direct and inaccurate, isn't it?

I was wondering how we could improve it.
Thank you a lot.

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"with a bit pessimistic view of things" is not idiomatic.

To make it idiomatic, you might use:

  • with a rather pessimistic view of things
  • with a somewhat pessimistic view of things

Or you could leave out the adverbs rather and somewhat or even use others: very, slightly, openly, etc., to qualify your pessimistic view.

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  • Could you clarify why I should prefer the singular form of “a rather pessimistic view” over the plural “rather pessimistic views”? Aug 28, 2018 at 14:07
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    @AndrewTobilko Because, one has a view of things. Not views of things. You might have views (images) of products in a catalogue, though.
    – Lambie
    Aug 28, 2018 at 14:32
  • I can have different opinions on a matter, but can't I have several views on it? Aug 29, 2018 at 8:54
  • Wouldn't you agree, in general, and regardless of the language, people can have views or opinions on things. An individual usually has a view of things; when view of things means: society or life.
    – Lambie
    Aug 29, 2018 at 13:25
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Although it is a valid subject complement a bit old is not an idiomatic adjective phrase coming before the noun.

Chef, this fish is a bit old. It's unacceptable. idiomatic

Chef, this a bit old fish is unacceptable. unidiomatic

His views are a bit pessismistic. idiomatic

His a bit pessimistic views are set out in chapter 3. marginal?

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  • is the part "views of things" alright? Aug 29, 2018 at 8:48
  • @Andrew Tobilko: The phrase of things is a factor here. He has pessimistic views. is grammatical and idiomatic but a native speaker would say He has a pessimistic view of things since that refers to his "pessimistic worldview" which is monolithic in its pessimism, not fragmented.
    – TimR
    Aug 29, 2018 at 12:51
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You say

I ponder over the negatives of an issue before moving to its positive sides.

I wonder if it would be more accurate to describe you as skeptical (or a skeptic):

marked by an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object

whereas a pessimist is

a person who is inclined to expect poor outcomes

You aren't inclined to expect a poor outcome, but rather inclined to consider all facets of a situation before accepting it.

With that said, it would be idiomatic to say:

I am an introvert and also a bit of a skeptic.

I am introverted and also a bit skeptical.

I am a skeptical introvert.

I am an introvert who tends to be skeptical of things.

I am an introvert who takes a skeptical view of things.

You could substitute pessimist/pessimistic for skeptic/skeptical in any of the examples above.

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  • In my opinion, a pessimist is a person who emphasises the bad parts first (like me) and not willing to look for the advantages (not me). On the other hand, a skeptic associates with doubt, unwillingness, or disbelief. Anyway, thanks for the answer, I appreciate it. Aug 29, 2018 at 9:05

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