You can learn a writing lesson from my dear husband.
It drives me crazy when he says to a restaurant’s hostess, “You don’t have a table for two, do you?”
I nag him afterwards, saying “Ask a positive question, not a negative one! It’s easier for the listener to understand what you want.”
The “go positive, not negative” rule applies to statements as well as questions.
Here’s an example of a negative statement that sticks in my mind due to my having earned a Ph.D. in Japanese history.
“The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage…”
This is how the Japanese emperor announced in 1945 that Japan had lost the war. Did you understand that?
The Japanese prefer roundabout sentences. Americans do not.