INFORMAL VS. FORMALWhat’s up? my peoplemy name is Chris Brown Good Morning students, I amand Mr. Smith and it is very nice to this ‘my boy Lil’Wayne meet you all.We’re rappers, we will Let me introduce you toshow you how you do it. formal and informal register.
INFORMALMr. Owner• I can’t eat school dinners anymore. I think that stuff’s nasty. Why do I have to keep eating chips, burgers, sweets, etc I eat at school 5 days a week and I am tired of it. Me and my friends are sick of eating garbage. Also why don’t you give the students more food?• See U• Juan
FORMAL• To the restaurant manager:• I purchased lunch from your restaurant during the week. The diet at this high school should be healthier. It is Important nowadays to have a fat free diet. Food must be well-balanced and sufficient• I have been a regular customer at your shop for several years. However, if this is to be the standard of the produce, I shall take my custom elsewhere in future.• Yours faithfully• Juan P.Lopez• Juan P. Lopez
FORMAL REGISTER• FORMAL• Words are• long• rare• abstract• specific• of French, Latin or Greek origin• Jargon(scientific, technical language)
DIFFERENCES• FORMAL• Formal texts are impersonal, objective and neutral• Formal texts are tentative and indirect• Longer paragraphs, tightly organised• INFORMAL• Informal texts are direct, straightforward• Looser organisation, may rely on short paragraphs• Personal, subjective and emotive
FORMAL AND INFORMALInformal to formal means moving from the kind ofspeech we would use when talking with friendscolloquial, Jargon, poetic. Less than informal= Vulgar.I can’t go there because I got sick, I probably end up going to the hospitalFORMAL Means sophisticated writing or speaking you use at your job, meetings, academic writing, cultural, business.Good morning:‘I will be unable to attend this afternoon’s appointmentas I have contracted an infection, for which I will need to visit the doctor.’
WHICH ONE IS THE INFORMAL? The job done was You done a really badunsatisfactory job!!performed. The Painting was incompletepainting was e.g.incomplete and the lots of equipment leftequipment was left lyingunattended. around – which took meFurthermore, the 2situation took two weeks to clear up!! I amweeks to address. This is totallycompletelyunacceptable. raging!! U owe me a refund An immediate refundis requested or legal for the work you are done. I’ll get a lawyer
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