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Yes, words tend to have a level of formality, and there are often words with the same or very similar meanings that differ only in level of formality. While being succinct is a good goal in writing, it is not the only possible goal. Synonyms often have different connotation or tone, and sometimes we want to set a certain tone. For example, consider these ...


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A low-class answer: It is good to write clearly and to-the-point. It is smart to use words that people understand. Most people talk "informally". Most common words can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. Almost all of these words are "vulgar", and some are rude. Most people who grew up speaking English know exactly what these words mean. ...


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There seems to be some confusion about what is being discussed here. Half of the answers are using the conventional definition of "Formal Writing", which involves the solemn and decorous application of language to convey the writer's authority as well as the meaning of their message. Formal writing, in this context, is an alternative to the casual or ...


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You could say the same about all sorts of cultural and social actions. Like consider formal dress: When a man wants to appear more formal, he wears a tie. Why? What purpose does a tie serve? Why is it that putting a tie around your neck is considered formal, but putting a handkerchief around your neck is decidedly informal? We could discuss the history ...


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"Formal writing" is like the use of any type of language. It conveys not just information, but signifies information about you (the speaker / writer), your credibility, and your overall purpose. For example, "We got 65% hits!" versus "A success rate of sixty-five percent was obtained." technically conveys the same information, but the impact on your reader ...


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Let's see, in order: It discourages using contractions, even though they make writing more concise. I'll confess never understood this one. I do use contractions in formal writing. They're invisible. It discourages using number digits under 11 in favor of writing letters out, even thought using digits makes writing more concise. This is a style ...


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Without being that educated in the matter, I would think it would have to do with removing personality quirks, specific cultural and social styles, references and shorthand from the writing as much as possible so that anyone can pick up the book and understand it. Dialogue can of course contain all of this, such as slang, but the writing trying to describe ...



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