If the interpretation of messages in an oral face-to-face conversation is too subjective —even with clear tones of voice and body language— imagine when communicating through a screen! We have to be assertive AF! I believe that to be assertive through texts messages we need to consider WRITING RULES such as spelling (correct use of punctuation marks, accents, and capital letters), syntax (the way in which words and the groups they form are combined to express meanings, as well as the relationships established between all these units), and semantics (the meaning and changes in the meaning of words and expressions). To the point> Semantically speaking, it is important to consider that there are two divisions in this area: denotation and connotation. The denotation: This is the original or formally accepted expression of the word, this is the word that is formally found in encyclopedic dictionaries and is universally accepted. Connotation: Connotation is the alternate or secondary form in which a word is used, such as is the case with the word donkey, which in denotative form implies the equine type animal, and in the connotative form the dumb man or person. Get it? So, we have to be super conscious of the meaning and power of the words we choose when having written conversations. Is like: the connotation of the words OCUPO and NECESITO could be similar, but the correct thing to say, because of the denotation of the words, is NECESITO QUE ME AYUDES ME ACORREGIR ESTE CODIGO. It is better that way so we don't misunderstand things. And if so, nothing better than talking to eliminate misunderstandings, right? Talking-communicating is the best way to understand each other, the best way to organize ourselves. It is good to be sincere and direct. But, we must try to be assertive. And, in my opinion, there is a fine line between being assertive, sincere, or direct > and rude. To be assertive the message must get through to the receiver correctly, otherwise, it's not.