Do you think "When it comes to" is a formal or informal expression?
I want to use this in the TOEFL writing paper.

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Informal. Use this.

Concerning ...
With regards to..
  • I want to say : People tend to make subjective decisions when it comes to traveling. How do you use "with regards to" for conveying this meaning?
    – asghar
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 18:25
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    Maybe try about.
    – bib
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 18:27
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    Bib's 'about' is the least marked way to state this. 'When it comes to' is semantically equivalent, but has a varying degree of pragmatic flavour. It can be used as a topic-change marker (Although many people look at the hotel reviews before booking, when it comes to travelling, people tend to make subjective decisions.), or a 'crescendo-marker' (Many people say they are in favour of greener forms of energy, but when it comes to having to pay bills twice as big as before, ...). Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 21:20

Aside from "with regard to," consider "with respect to."

People tend to make subjective decisions with respect to traveling.

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