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ELA Formal vs Informal Language
Updated: 10/7/2020
ELA Formal vs Informal Language
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  • Informal and Formal language are like clothing, sometimes appropriate, other times inappropriate.
  • Informal writing is only used for social media, letters, email with close friend, family, and narratives.
  • Formal language is used when you are talking to someone you are unfamiliar with, for example, a boss, teacher, or someone with a higher social status
  • I, believe, think, show you.
  • I think, I believe, I feel, I will show you that, are all fluff words, get to the point
  • Readers can also be lost if you put too many fluff words in, it can bore them and make them lose interest.
  • Things like politeness, personality, abbreviations, and using 1st and 2nd person pronouns can all give off subtle clues of the writing style.
  • The audience, purpose, and tone can all also have an effect on how the writing sounds.
  • The use of informal and formal language when used wrong can confuse readers if it's in the wrong context.
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