ENG 3U: Exam Review

5034760960_6254b4cd1b_mFormal vs. Informal Language

Before we begin, please understand this: there is nothing wrong with informal language. It is, in fact, the way we most often communicate. Thus, I don’t want you to abandon informal language completely. I just want you to understand how the choices you make dictate how the audience perceives your ideas.

Informal Language Formal Language
Personal pronounsStories and anecdotes

Quick, immediate communication (sometimes)

Few (if any) personal pronounsA detached tone

Planned, structured communication (usually)

common verbs (get, have)phrasal verbs (get out, put up with)

verbs that communicate what, but not how (say)

specific verbs (obtain, own)specific verbs (escape, tolerate)specific verbs (argue, state, claim)
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