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is for questions about whether a word or phrase is considered formal or informal. Be sure to include as much context as you can, because sometimes how formal or informal a word or phrase is can be different in different situations.

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It's a book of my mother's

If we say: It's a book of my mother's How could this sentence be identified? Wrong, archaic, formal or something else?
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What would be a formal substitute for the informal quantifiers “a lot of” and “lots of”?

A lot of, lots of with a noun We use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with ...
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Is it rightly used the semicolon at this paragraph

I appreciate if someone could check whether it is rightly used the semicolon and the word "thereby" at this paragraph, keeping in mind that this is formal english. If the producer have to assume more ...
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Is “I did not breakfast today” correct?

Is the following sentence correct? I did not breakfast today Due to breakfast coming from ‘to break your fast’.
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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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“Is there…?” or “there is… .”

To solve some problem, I want to confirm our partners whether we have any measures. Is the following sentence grammatically wrong? “Please advise is there any procedures we can take?” Since “...
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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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'May I know…' if 'May I know when this group was established?' sounds natural? May I know other ways to ask this question?

May I know when this group was established? Hello. I learned in a text that we can say 'May I know...?' in formal situations. But an American teacher of English told me it sounded unnatural. He said '...
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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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will vs going to in formal situations [closed]

Is it true that only "will" should be in formal situations instead of "going to"? I am quite sure that it is used in newspaper reporting and "going to" is rarely used there. When "will" is used in a ...
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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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Overuse of pronouns [closed]

In the paragraph: "Company with 8 years of commercial experience, they are in the growth stage within the primary sector of the economy, they have a workforce of approximately 200 employees, ...
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A specific way of asking for a meeting?

Can one say "... if you(I) could see me(you) on Friday..." while requesting a meeting?
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position of “from”

Is there any difference between the following sentences? They returned where they had come from. They returned from where they had come.
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Is it right to use the word 'execute' in place of 'run'?

I have recently studied two sentences in which these words are used which i mentioned: your program is not executing. your program is not running. these two words often used in sentences so my ...
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How to use the verb “to hope for” in the right tense for something that hasn’t happened yet?

I am sending formal mail to a German company so I was wondering whether the following sentence is ok to use in that correspondence? We are hoping for the best results. Does this sentence make any ...
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Why was “wise advisor” better than “savvy person”?

See Question 10 in the image. He was to be loyal to his lord, courageous in his defense, and a (10) savvy person. Basically, he was to be a man of honor, who would stay true to his Christian faith ...
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“can we schedule the call to” vs “can we do the call at”?

I am writing a business email and want to schedule a call with the recipient. Which of the following is correct, if any: Can we schedule the call to 9 AM? Can we do the call at 9 AM? Can we have ...
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“I would be very happy if I could have…” Is this natural sentence with manners?

I would be very happy if I could have such an opportunity to see you in person, so please let me know whenever (if?) you will have a chance to visit this area. Is this natural sentence with manners? ...
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Which is more formal: clearer or more clear?

I know both forms are correct, but I wonder which is more formal. Is there any difference in levels of formality?
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Application of “Misunderstand” in the Past Continuous Tense

I have doubt that whether the following sentence is correct or not: Anytime my teacher was teaching the lesson, I was misunderstanding some notable points. Actually, I want to use this sentence in ...
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What is the difference between 'drawback' and 'side effect'?

In terms of Computer Programming, people around me mostly say 'side effect', when they talk about something that will happen behind the scenes, and it sounds pretty negative. However, when I read some ...
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Different ways to ask somebody to wait

Are there differences in meaning (and possibly context) of the following three ways to ask somebody to wait? Or is one of these options even ungrammatical? 1 I'm going to ... I'm just going to ...
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Why “yours truly” means “me”?

I don't understand how yours truly can mean me, they are two complete differents words, maybe if it was mine truly I could understand a little better, but the truly part would stil being strange. ¿...
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Does “buck” mean “disagree” or “challenge” in this sentence, and how formally?

I heard this sentence from a show in TV, wants to know what does it mean. there are million free thinkers like us who refuse to obey the experts and buck their traditionalist fact. by sentence ...
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Is this plain form “I requested her hand for marriage from her father” acceptable in general; as opposed to the idiomatic form?

The plain form which I feel more natural to my tongue: I requested her hand for marriage from her father As opposed to the idiomatic form: I asked her father for her hand in marriage Is the ...
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Using 'you' in scientific papers

In German, most of the time you try to avoid 'you' in academic papers. Of course I refer to 'you' in the meaning of 'in general' not you as a pronoun. What is the best practice in English?
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“Much much more” in formal language

How would I say, "much much more" in a formal manner? I need to write a report and cannot come up with a more formal way of saying, much much more. This is to be placed at the end of a list: ...
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Is omitting subject-auxiliary verb combination a formal and grammatical way of writing?

The left hand side of the equation is equal to the right hand side of it. Hence, proved. Wouldn't it be grammatically like this- The left hand side of the equation is equal to the right hand side ...
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Formal letter: what is the English version of “En attandant votre réponse, veillez croire, Monsieur, à l’expression de …”

I have a hard time writing a formal letter in English for the first time in my life and without any good reference or previous training. I am stuck in the final phase where I want to express that I am ...
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Correct word order of “An article you are a co-writer of”?

I am having trouble with the wording of a sentence in a formal letter. I came up with this, but, for me, it feels somewhat twisted and incorrect. How would you pharse this? During my research, I ...
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Ellipsis scheme

Is it grammatical to write The highest score was 10, the lowest 2, and the median 5 or, particularly in a formal context, the implied verbs should be included, yielding the following (awkward?): ...
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Numbers in Words

How do we write 3,251 in words? A. Three thousand two hundred and fifty one B. Three thousand two hundred and fifty-one C. Three thousand two hundred fifty-one Essentially, I am requesting a ...
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'Into' more formal than 'in' in following context?

I placed the cake in the fridge. I placed the cake into the fridge. Is into more formal? To me in is sufficient because the movement of the cake into the fridge is implied, but I wonder whether ...
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He is fierce, as were warriors (so)

Is the so in this example incorrect or superfluous? I was thinking about the example of so with do: He asked me to send him money; I did (so). I wondered whether so could be used similarly in my ...
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Is 'I am glad to hear that' very formal or informal phrase?

I responded this to one professor when she expressed about her current research work. Later, I realized that that phrase could be very informal.
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“The book tells the story, consisting of X, Y, and Z.” or “… the story, which consists of X, Y, and Z”

Which of these is grammatically correct and considered as a formal writing style? The book tells the story, consisting of X, Y, and Z. or The book tells the story, which consists of X, Y, and Z....
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Usage of “on cloud nine”?

I heard "I'm on cloud nine" in a song and realized it was an expression by reading it somewhere else. I am learning English for years but I never heard of that before. I found informations about the ...
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Speak with you later

As far as I know, it is not common. However, I heard saying "speak with you later" instead of "talk to you later or bye" sounds rather formal and suits business conversations? Is it correct?
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A pronoun to disrespect

My mother tongue is Hindi and we have two second Pronouns तू and आप translation in English' You' they both work for second person For example: Disrespectful Interrogative clause in Hindi language ...
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Your Grace, Your Majesty, Your Highness… Does it all mean the same?

A lot of ways you can actually address the queen or someone from the royal family. But do these all phrases mean the exact same thing or is there a difference between them? Maybe it depends whether ...
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Infinitive.. How to form these sentences correctly?

1) I intended to have spent my summer vacation in the country 2) I knew him to be waiting for me that evening -     I would rather say "I knew he was waiting for me that ...
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At the end of the day

I have read the idiom "at the end of the day" is overused, probably in spoken language, and it may be found sounding irritating by some people. Besides that, I'd like to ask if it would be correct to ...
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How should I write a sentence that has multiple questions?

I got these words from a speech, so I'm not entirely sure how I would write this... Is the website easy to navigate? Easy-to-read? Well-structured? Concise? "Easy-to-read" and the others are ...
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When can't we shorten It is to It's

I have noticed that in some cases people write it is while in others it's. And in some cases you just cannot write it's. Is that your book over there? Maybe it is. It's a beautiful flower. Yes, it is,...
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Can I use “the %whatever% one” and particularly “the other one” in IELTS Academic writing?

From some source I have heard that the other one is informal. I am considering using this word in the IELTS Academic writing, particularly in the following sentence. Overall, both sites offer ...
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When saying fractions in English, is it necessary to include ‘of’

I am writing an article where I am using fractions for comparison. Should I include the word ‘of’ between the fraction and the things fractioned? To me, both sound correct, but I do not know whether a)...
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“With Mrs Jones going to New York, Mr Smith took up her position.”

So a grammar site I look up things regularly states that this is a participle and that this construction is formal and not used often. Why can't it be a gerund? And aren't with + ing constructions ...
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Is less votes correct?

One article today said that Trump could win even if had less votes. I search in google and I see that "less votes" is common. Is it correct? As vote is countable, it should be fewer votes... ...
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Informal way of saying some time expressions

I was wondering what the informal equivalent for the following expressions are: A matter of time It is a matter of time, before somebody find it As time goes by As time goes by, he found that ...