Instead of saying "informal context", can we say either "conversational context" or "colloquial context"? I thought the words "conversational" and "colloquial" might not be used to desribe a context or a situation since they are generally used to modify language, words or style etc.

For example can we say these sentences:

  • ""Gotta" is a word used in conversational contexts."

  • ""Gotta" is a word used in colloquial contexts."

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    A conversation is not necessarily informal, or colloquial. They all mean different things. Jun 16, 2020 at 16:40
  • Yeah, but I wonder if we can use the words I gave to describe contexts. Jun 16, 2020 at 18:28

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Of course:

a conversational context
a colloquial context

can stand-in for and/or explain informality of speech.

But not all informal contexts are oral.

But why not just say conversation and colloquy and not use that word context at all.

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