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Questions tagged [formality]

This tag is for questions about formal (versus informal) words and usage. The question must identify a particular concern about the formality of the word or phrase at issue, and specify the target context or audience.

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Which of the following sentences sounds most formal? [closed]

1 - The president travels to Belo Horizonte tomorrow. 2 The president is going to travel to Belo Horizonte tomorrow. 3 The president is traveling to Belo Horizonte tomorrow. 4 The president will ...
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Phrase for saying we can only speculate

I am looking for a more formal variation of this sentence: "We can only speculate at this point." Perhaps what is taking away from the professional feel that I want is the first person "We." ...
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Is it correct to say bottlenecks are emerging on the surface of the project?

I need to say that some problems are appearing on the project, for that I wanted to say bottlenecks are emerging. Is this term correct? If not, how can I say a similar formal sentence?
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What is the proper way to ask a question formally? [closed]

Which is more appropriate for asking a question in a formal way? Something you might see in an academic text or journal. How does one tie one's shoes quickly and efficiently? or How do I tie ...
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Is it correct to write: “I would appreciate it if you could inform me when you could contact my manager” in a formal email? [closed]

I want to know if someone has eventually contacted my manager. I therefore want to send him a formal email to ask him very politely. Is it correct to write as follow ? "I would appreciate it if you ...
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Title for a list of disclaimers, prerequisites, FYIs

I'm about to start a workshop and I'd like to have a "before we start" slide in which I'll communicate: several prerequisites for attendees to better understand the content, set several boundaries in ...
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Correct form when talking about intersection of few roads

First if all thank you for your time, I'm in proces of writing a thesis (in diffrent language). I was wondering if it is a correct form to say that there are 3 roads that intersect and I am planning ...
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How to address one male and one female in an informal email? [duplicate]

In an inter-company (informal) email, when the addressees are one male and one female, I usually use Hi Guys. However, guy has a distinct male flavour. Could you suggest a more gender-neutral ...
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To make a long story short, formal or informal

I know from here a couple of good alternatives for "to cut/make the long story short", I'm just curious if it is formal to use it or not.
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'We are soon ready.'

I use it as a quick and very informal way to say 'We will soon to be ready.' But a colleague of mine says it is simply wrong. Is he right? I'm not a native speaker and came up with this phrase on my ...
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Ninety percent… was or were? [duplicate]

I need some help with the following sentence in order to know whether it should be WAS or WERE: a recent study revealed that the ninety percent of people who had decided to change their first job ...
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“It is” as the beginning of paragraphs

Is it encouraged or discouraged to use "IT IS" at the very beginning of a paragraph in formal writing English?. For instance: It is often argued that study art in school should be mandatory, since ...
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When was “Chronic” first used as its own antonym?

The word "Chronic" means "long lasting", or "occurring over an extended period of time". A chronic illness one that you will have for a long time (if not for your entire life), or take a long time to ...
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Requesting someone to perform a task without sounding pushy

In writing, I need to request that my doctor perform several tasks for me as soon as reasonably possible. I am almost completely sure they will be willing to perform all these tasks. I don't want to ...
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“worth” with possessive(s) in coordinated nominals

According to Garner Modern English Grammar The idiomatic possessive should be used with periods of time and statements of worth — 30 days’ notice (i.e., notice of 30 days), three days’ time, ...
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They are like pieces of a puzzle in that they complement one another to form the whole [closed]

Does in that make my sentence formal? If so, how can I change it to be more neutral?
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Are phrases or idioms like “state-of-the-art” appropriate for a formal technical recommendation report?

I am supposed to write a technical recommendation report for my English class. My supposed client is a banking company and I would like to write a report on which endpoint protection software is the ...
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Alternatives to the phrase 'I was like..'

In recent times I have encountered the phrase ‘I was like…’ a lot. Examples include He told me something, and I was like dude really? I was going along the street, and suddenly something ...
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How to describe Gender formally?

For a User Interface of an Information System, options for selecting the Gender is to be given: Not known Male Female Male - TransGender Female - TransGender Is Enuch can be included; as an ...
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We are reminding you.. vs We remind you

assuming I'm writing an email to remind about the scheduled activity that will start in one hour, which start for the email is correct: 1. We remind you that the scheduled activity starts in one hour. ...
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“first time” as an adverb meaning “for the first time”

Can first time be used as an adverb meaning "for the first time", e.g. when I met him first time (Confession Tapes, third episode, 02:40)
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The usage of Formal Words in writing - interested [closed]

I was writing a letter and I wonder whether the usage of interested in a formal letter could be considered as a formal word. Also if there are synonyms which are more appropriate to use in formal ...
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Perhaps or Maybe or I Guess/Think - which one is correct in formal (office) email writing

Background: Boss: Did you get that X thing done? Me: Yes, thats done. Boss: No thats not done, I am still getting calls from people for X? Me: Oh, Perhaps/Maybe/I guess/I think you ...
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in regards to/regarding and of/from - Grammar in formal email [duplicate]

I've been waiting for an email for several days and haven't heard of the other person yet. He emailed me, I answered him but I haven't heard back yet. I wish to send a message to remind him to answer ...
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Which pronoun should be used after the word ‘like’? [closed]

For example, which of the following is considered correct?: Don't be like him Don't be like he is There are other examples I can't think of right now where people use him instead of ...
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Is the term “fleshed out” considered informal?

In my most recent essay, I had used the term "fleshed out" but my teacher had circled it. I called her over to ask why it was circled and she said that "Flushed out is the correct term to use." I ...
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How do we end a Complain letter? [closed]

Do I end a Complain letter of complaint with 'Yours sincerely' or 'Yours truly' or 'Yours faithfully'? Or something else?
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When to use mid-sentence commas when adding a formal name

Where is it appropriate to insert a comma when putting a persons name in the middle of a sentence, such as when writing an email or letter. Is it really before AND after? Examples: Thank you for ...
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Can “ap­pre­ci­ate” be used in this way?

(I am not a na­tive speaker.) I just got an email re­gard­ing a failed or­der that used the fol­low­ing sen­tence: I ap­pre­ci­ate that this will not be what you wanted to hear and for that I apol­...
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No “are” in movies sometimes?

I often hear sentences in movies like "Fight back, you coward!", "You filthy, dirty hippy", etc. And I had thought it sounded like this only to me but when I found the subtitles for those movies, I ...
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What is the correct usage of the tilde symbol with negative numbers? [closed]

The tilde symbol (~) is used in academic texts in place of about or approximately. Generally, it is placed immediately before the number (eg. AUD ~2.4 million), which works for positive numbers, ...
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If I am writing a formal letter, should I use “can't,” “cannot,” or “can not?”

This question is asking about school reports, letters to members of Congress, apology letters, etc.
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It 's nothing you do casually or natively

I have no idea what does "It 's nothing you do casually or natively" mean.Please anyone explain.What is the exact meaning of this sentence??
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What is the meaning of I wasn't living with heart at that time [closed]

Please explain the meaning of "I wasn't living with heart at that time"
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A formal word between 'frequently' and 'rarely'

Rarely: X rarely goes to Y Frequently: X frequently goes to Y What would be a word in between the two? A formal word for 'sometimes' maybe? Context: Atheists sometimes appeal to Nietzsche'...
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“like it like you” vs “like it, like you”

My husband and I have discussed for an hour over this and we still haven’t agreed. Please help! Do these two sentences have different meanings? (A) She doesn’t like it like you. (B) She doesn’...
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Is using “Sirs” when addressing a group of men incorrect? [duplicate]

When I was in the Army, I was taught that you addressed an individual officer as "Sir" or "Ma'am". You address groups of officers as "Gentlemen" or "Ladies", not "Sirs" or "Ma'ams". Example: ...
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How to include a question in a declarative sentence?

Over the years I have gotten used to the following sentences formation: I know that this is the website but how do I specify for what I am paying? Instead of: I know that this is the website ...
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Which is correct: “While studying, I ran my own business” or “While studying, I was running my own business”?

While studying, I ran my own business for almost two years. This sounds natural to me, but my friend claims that the continuous form ("I was running") is gramatically correct. Which is it? PS. In ...
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using ''require'' or synonyms in a cover letter

I have a doubt about the correct use of the verb to require and its synonyms in a cover letter. My doubt is: require sounds almost like it's something that you are forced to do (therefore expresses a ...
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which group I belong to vs to which group I belong [duplicate]

I don't know which group I belong to. I don't know to which group I belong. Which one of the sentences is true? Note: An answer was given to this question when it still read "I don't know (to) ...
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Synonym for “sure” and “yes please”

When somebody suggests me something (maybe offering me something, or suggesting me for a proposal/plan), and I would like to show my agreement/approval for that. Instead of just saying "sure" or "yes ...
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How to say “dulcet” in verbal English (or slang)?

For example, if somebody sitting next to me hummed or sang a song and I want to tell him that his song is dulcet, in a polite but informal manner (or even slang). How can I express that? Should I ...
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How informal is “mind blowing”?

I'm writing a statement letter (SOP for graduate school), and I wanted to use "mind-blowing" in a less-formal segment of my letter. Is that too informal for a personal statement or cover letter, or is ...
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''Should you have decided'' Inversion

In an email I received from my university, the following is stated: ''Should you have decided to do the assignment, please send us an email.'' My question is whether the inversion and usage of should ...
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How to properly use gear up?

Does the following sentence seem natural to native English speakers? "I have been gearing up for a career in XXX since then." Also, does this sound formal? If not, what do you recommend instead? ...
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How to say “and more!” in a more professional sense

We are in the process of writing an ad that details our curriculum, and the ad goes something like this - "...fall prevention, medical emergencies, AND MORE!" I keep thinking there has to be a better ...
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Can the idiom “It is high time” be used in formal writing? [closed]

Recently I saw "it is hightime + subj. + past verb + ..." idiom. Like "It's high time we made some changes around here.". I want to know if it is a good phrase to start a formal writing (i.e. ielts ...
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Can we use the phrase “go for it” in formal essay [closed]

Good evening everybody, Can I use "go for it" as a way to express choosing something in a formal essay, a report to be more precise. Further education took the lead in the number of students ...
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Which one is more appropriate: To learn more about or For more information

When sending a formal email, which of the following sentences is more appropriate to use: To learn more information, please visit helloworld.com. For more information, please visit helloworld....