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I've read a text aboat early friendship effect on relationship with siblings. This text is in the book 'Vocabulary for IELTS'. In a sentence it says:

And children who as preschoolers were able to coordinate play with a friend, manage conflicts and keep an interaction positive in tone were most likely as teenagers to avoid the negative sibling interaction that can sometimes launch children on a path of antisocial behavior.

I couldn't find 'in tone' anywhere on the Internet!! What that means here?!

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    'The discussions were positive in tone' = 'The tone of the discussions was positive' (ie they were conducted civilly / probably had a positive outcome). Feb 14 '20 at 17:53
  • positive in [its] tone – in a positive tone Feb 14 '20 at 18:03
  • Thanks guys, your answers were perfect
    – Ang
    Feb 14 '20 at 18:21
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    The Coneheads say: Maintain Low Tones! youtube.com/watch?v=aMAUZAFmJTc
    – puppetsock
    Feb 14 '20 at 20:03
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    At least one of the comments above is an Answer. Why has no-one supplied an Answer?
    – JeremyC
    Feb 14 '20 at 23:02
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"Positive in [its] tone" means "in a positive tone"

The phrase "keep an interaction positive in tone" is just a slightly awkward/literary way of saying ensure that the tone [general character] of any interaction is positive [optimistic, helpful, hopeful].

For example, 'The discussions were positive in tone' = 'The tone of the discussions was positive' (ie they were conducted civilly / probably had a positive outcome).

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