How To In Formal Language ?
When you are writing an essay or a letter or explaining a graph in IELTS, it is expected that you will rite in a formal language. But, what is a formal language?
Although, there is not much of a difference between formal and informal, but some points clearly distinguish the formal and the informal. Here are the points.
- CHOICE OF WORDS
- When writing formal prefer choosing words which are part of standard English these are the words which you will usually find in dictionary without any labels (informal, slang etc.) attached to them.
- Do not try to fit high ranked vocabulary words. Figure out if there is any importance of that word in a particular passage. Use it only if they are appropriate for your piece of writing.
- Synonyms are very important in formal writing. Prefer using synonyms of common words such as put, do, get etc.
- AVOID SHORT FORMS
- Although we are in a habit of speaking short forms, such as haven’t, I’m etc. do not use them in formal writing. Rather write, have not, I am etc. Even more, it is preferred if you avoid abbreviations in academic writing. Example-: ad for advertisement.
- SENTENC STRUCTURE MATTERS
- It is usually noticed that in formal writing you express complex ideas. To express them better, you must make sentence using relative pronouns, subordinating conjunctions and coordinating conjunctions.
- It is good if you use complex sentences, but always aim for clarity.
Other things that need to be considered are -:
- Limit the use of first person pronouns.
- Use passive forms as they focus on verbs than subject.