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I am wondering, can the word reality be used in a formal text?

For example can I say: "It has some application in reality". I mean "It has some application in real world problems".

By a formal text I mean a text that can be appeared in my thesis or paper.

I used that in my thesis and my professor said that it is not a formal word and I cannot use it in my thesis!

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    would you please tell us what your definition of formal text is? – haha Mar 28 '18 at 18:41
  • @haha I mean a text that can be appeared in my thesis or paper. – Majid Mar 28 '18 at 18:47
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    So, the next question would be what makes you think you can/cannot use it in your thesis. – haha Mar 28 '18 at 18:52
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    @haha I used that in my thesis and my professor said that it is not a formal word and I cannot use it in my thesis! – Majid Mar 28 '18 at 19:10
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    The question about formality is not the actual issue here, and use of the word 'formal' is misleading. The real problem is that 'In reality' defaults to the pragmatic usage 'Actually, ...', no matter how formal the register. "It has some application in real world problems" is far preferable to "It has some application in reality". – Edwin Ashworth Mar 28 '18 at 19:48

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