I just started learning English and I listen to podcasts like this. My question is that the following paragraph is an informal conversation or in writing and formal format:

In 1436 in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg, invented the printing press, a machine capable of making many copies of the same page of text. Ever since, printing has been used around the world to produce books, newspapers and magazines.

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    I don't understand the confusion. "conversation" is two or more people talking. Writing is symbols on a page or a screen. This is symbols on a screen, so it is writing. It's not particularly formal, it might be a script or a transcript of something. What do you mean by "informal conversation"?
    – James K
    Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 7:19
  • You're right, It's part of a transcript. But I mean if somebody ask me a question about "printing press", could I tell him with these sentences or they seem more formal and in written format as point of view of a native English person? @JamesK Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 8:18

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This is normal English. It is perfectly suitable for a written or a spoken presentation. The comma after "Gutenberg" should be removed.

It is neither notably formal, nor notably informal.

It is not a conversation, since there is only one voice here.

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