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    How far off the mark is Google translate with this one?

    In English, the words 'Be Positive' can be either a motivational statement or a blood type.

    Is there a Russian translation which covers both of these definitions?

    Google is telling me that:

    Be Positive = быть Положительным

    I know better than to trust Google translate for anything other than (maybe) uncomplicated individual words.

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    The context matters a lot.

    I don't think there is a Russian translation which covers both of these definitions.

    blood type = положительный резус-фактор
    positive mood / attitude to life = позитивный взгляд
    be positive! = живи и радуйся! гляди веселей! не грузись! etc etc etc (a lot of variants)

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    Быть позитивным\ой works well
    Last edited by dtrq; April 24th, 2015 at 07:04 PM. Reason: Didn't read OP attentively enough

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    Thank you both for the replies.

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