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Questions tagged [formal-language]

is for questions about whether a word or phrase is appropriate in a formal context or that are requesting a word or phrase for use in a formal context.

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Examining some elliptical structures - Part V

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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How about going out for lunch? [duplicate]

A. I don't think it's a good idea. B. No, let's not. C. Great. Go ahead. D. No, there's no need. Thanks. Could you please tell me which one is the correct answer?
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part IV

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part III

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. As ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part II

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part I

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Workaholic Formal/Informal

Can I use the word "Workaholic" in formal writing? for example: Workaholics may neglect their families and friends.
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Some clarifications are needed about the grammar of Elliptical Structure

As far as I know, one application of elliptical structure is the omission from a clause one or more elements which has been repeated in previous clauses. However, I do not know whether there exists ...
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“out and out, all in all” are they formal or informal?

Can someone confirm if the below adjectives are formal or informal? out and out, all in all
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What verb can I use to mean “cause financial costs”?

I'm trying to describe (very succinctly) the financial impact of a given scenario. If it happens, it will cost money. What is the right verb to describe this? My first thought is to cause financial ...
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Is a “senior faculty member” of a university the same as a “senior professor”?

But, as one senior faculty member of the City University, who spoke on condition of anonymity, puts it... He is obviously not fit for such a senior academic position. We don’t want ethics dumping here....
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What to write in mail if someone asking to reply to confirm [closed]

what to send in reply if someone asking to reply the mail to confirm As discussed, Please find the details below and kindly confirm your presence by replying to this email. I am thinking that it ...
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Usage of “it is” in formal, mathematical language

I have come across a scientific paper written by non-native speakers where some mathematical formulas are introduced by "it is". For example: Proof of Theorem X. Assume xyz. [Long mathematical ...
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How to say “does this make a difference?” more formally?

[Some fact about our component.] Does this make a difference for inclusion in the OtherCompany App Store? Sounds not as formal as I would like a business email to be. It's passable, I think, but I ...
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How can I formally say “I'm getting into work, we talk later”?

I thought about "I'm going to enter my work now", but I'm both not sure if it formal or even correct. Context: in a conversation in WhatsApp, where I will stop the conversation because I'm entering ...
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Is it OK to refer to the name of an applicant in a recommendation letter by his/her family name alone?

I am writing a recommendation letter to support an employee's application for graduate schools in Canada. For example, if his name is Kai Kang,where Kai is the given name and Kang is the family name....
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Is it informal to use “so on ” in the article?

I have written this phrase The input of the DNN is the features extracted automatically by feature_extractor model, which are given to the first hidden layer, and the outputs of this layer are ...
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How do I make something more formal? [closed]

How do I make this more formal? The part of the sentence: a lot of the times.
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“Huge” or “Enormous” preferable to use in academic writing? [closed]

I would like to know which one, huge or enormous, would be preferable to use in academic writing, such as in the following example: Overcoming the current cancer levels in the population is a ...
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Formal connectors of results (“in this way”, “hence”, “thusly” and “as follows”) [closed]

In the following examples, are the terms ("in this way", "hence", "thusly" and "as follows") synonyms sufficiently formal to be used in academic work with a sense of result? In this way, as this ...
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How to give multiple, possible options for an appointment? [closed]

Simple suggestions for an appointment... We could meet on Friday at 2 p.m. Are you available on Monday at 10 a.m.? ...can become quite cumbersome when many possible dates have to be given ...
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What is your idea about using “practicalize”?

I'm writing a SOP, in the following sentence I have used the word "practicalize" (utilize). in my view, it's an appropriate and beautiful word to use in academic essays, but when I googled it, I found ...
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Using 'a' multiple times after commas and 'and'

For example in sentence with structure: X is a well known and widely used technology... X is a well known and a widely used technology ... Y consists of three layers: a lower layer, middle layer and ...
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Is “he will be come around 1pm” or “he will come around 1pm” more formal?

I would like to know which sentence is more formal in "he will be come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon" and "he will come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon"
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Meaning of “a Richard Snary” / “a Given Name” [closed]

An old joke I found in Mark Forsyth's "The Etymologicon", originally mentioned in the OED A country lad, having been reproved for calling persons by their Christian names, being sent by his master ...
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Can I use “so on” in formal writing?

Can I use "so on" to mean that there are still more on the list in formal writing, particularly in an essay? Internet has improved people's living standard and made our lives easier and more ...
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Meaning of “By way of information” [closed]

"By way of information" What does it mean? Is it correct for a formal letter?
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Is the phrase “in a way that” appropriate for a Formal sentence

"At first, internet allows the people to connect with others, who live in far-away, in a way that just wasn't possible decades ago." Is "in a way that" is formal or informal?
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How formal or euphemistic is “debris”?

Is the word "debris" considered to be an euphemism of other words? And does the word have some kind of the degree of formality? If yes, is it informal or formal one? So the word 'debris' here is in ...
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Formal paper and Capitalization (inside parenthesis or about special elements -Tables, figures etc-)

In a thesis, or a formal paper written in English. What is the correct way to write inside a parenthesis and what is the correct way to refer to a table, or figure or section etc.? Also, do we have ...
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Which is more appropriate here?

Context: I ordered something online and would like to return it as it is defective. The site has a 30 days return policy. 30 days will get over in a week and they have not arranged any pickup. Which ...
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How to address a person, whose gender is unknown, in the email body?

I usually start with 'Dear Sir/Madam' in emails when I don't know the gender of the recipient. However, when I have to reply, it seems awkward to use 'sir/madam'. Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with ...
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Is it OK to use “heck” in public occasions?

The dictionary gives the following definitions: fuck: to have sex with someone. used when expressing extreme anger, or to add force to what is being said. heck: an expression of usually slight ...
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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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Prior to a month [closed]

I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct: "This certificate should be renewed prior to a month from its expiration date"
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Leave / take leave - keeping in mind the context

Which of the following sentences should be used when we talk with the intention of being more respectful and/or asking permission for the sake of courtesy? "Should I wait or may I take leave now?...
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Verb ing to form meaning

Can you explain to me how "being watched" in this case becomes a passive? a lady spent four days being watched by a girl.
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Questions about writing formal letters and writing specific dates

i don't know if these kinds of questions are appropriate to ask in this particular forum but i will take my chances. I was writing a formal letter for an IELTS task, and I was wondering whether this ...
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without having V3 vs. without -ing

I am writing an article about programming but I am confused with the usage of 'without' in my case. The sentence is: Goroutines may obtain Read-Locks utilizing RWMutex without having blocked one ...
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usage: Looking forward to

I got a mail from the principal of a school, whom I sent my job application. He replied that he had passed my CV to the HR Committee and they would contact me. I am confused what I should write him ...
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How is “for” used in “Having such a famous man for a father…” ?

Having such a famous man for a father must have had an effect on Jason's childhood. In this sentence I can't understand how for is used. I haven't read such a sentence before so I find it difficult ...
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Have you ever gone to- to ask past experience [duplicate]

What situation can we ask in: Have you ever gone to..? give me examples please..
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“have you ever gone to” to ask past experience

is it correct to ask: Have you ever gone to Spain? if i want to know whether or not he had visited Spain in his life (experience)?
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Reply to a rejection email

I've got an email about rejecting the sponsorship letter. Is it polite to reply with "Noted and thank you for your kind assistance in this matter." ?
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How to confirm a Skype meeting?

I want to ask someone if "Thursday" is a good day for a skype meeting. How should I ask? Is Thursday at 10am a good day? (sounds wrong) I just want to confirm our meeting at XYZth at 11am. Will you ...
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does “what does she do?” always mean “what is her job?”

If someone asks "What does she do?" what is the other meaning beside "what is her job?"? can it be " what is her activity?"
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I'm writing to inform vs I'm writing the letter to inform

I'm writing to inform you about ... I'm writing the letter to inform you about ... A friend of mine says that the former option is right when the second one is kind of tautology and unnecessary ...
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“to who may have done this” vs. “to whom may have done this”

What should I use? Whom or Who in this sentence The Noble requests help from anyone with any clues as to whom may have done this. or The Noble requests help from anyone with any clues as to who ...
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The meaning of 'formal'

In a very formal style, think is sometimes followed by an object and an adjective or noun complement. They thought her fascinating. We thought him a fool. (M. Swan, Practical ...
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Formal word/phrase for the informal question tag “right?”

I always use "right?" in most of my questions & conversations. However, "Oxford Guide to English Grammar" says "right?" is used in informal English. So I want to know what the correct formal ...