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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Thanking someone for their email [closed]

I run a business and answer several emails a day. I tend to interact with people in an informal way. On their first message, I always put "Thank you for messaging me" in the first line of a ...
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What's an eloquent way to say “ Please rush my request”? [closed]

I would like to ask the person from whom I am requesting service, to do so quickly. I would not like to come across as rude, nor brash. Thank you
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Can I say “someone is ample”?

My friend appoints someone to be our spokesperson in an interview. And I think this person is enough to answer all questions, thus my friend does not need to find another spokesperson. I want to reply ...
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Mrs and Mr His Full Name

My father’s name is Piyush Singh and my mother’s name is Seema Singh. My question is whether referring to them as Mrs and Mr Piyush Singh wrong.
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Is it correct to say “applicant to continue”?

Is it correct to say, I have had the pleasant opportunity to work closely with Mr. X in a period of four years during his experience at Y University, and I am delighted to support him as a ...
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What does “your end” mean? [duplicate]

In my English homework, a student gets asked if she would put "Any news your end" in a formal or informal letter. My class should translate it, but in my native language it means something ...
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Alternatives for “demand”

"The job Y demands familiarity with Z." How do you say the above sentence, when the familiarity with the product Z is not necessary, but helpful as a part of job Y? Just to give a little ...
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Do I have to put ,Inc. every time I mention our company in a single article?

I write blogs for our company website, often commenting on what services our company provides, so I will usually mention our company name a few times in the article. It is a local company, but it is ...
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Can I use latter when there is only one option?

In this sentence, "latter" sounds good to me (but I am not a native English speaker). Over successive stages of the model the urban population evolves to the optimal solution. The latter is ...
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“I ain't never seen” vs “I ain't seen” which one is correct? [duplicate]

As far as i know we do not need to add "never" because ain't is already have a negative meaning.
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Opposite of “under the weather”?

British TV Shows are a good way to learn language. At the moment I'm watching Situation Comedy classic series Black Adder, Season one on DVD format. I learnt a new phrase "under the weather" ...
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How formal is “Bless [him/her]”?

I am living in the UK, and I have recently started noticing quite a lot of people saying “bless [him/her]”, in contexts similar to: — He has been doing poorly. — Oh, bless him! — She is so cute, ...
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Is 'please tell me how can I help you' grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is it the right way to ask if someone is asking for your help?
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What function does the comma serve in the salutation of a letter, and when did it come about?

In a letter, we say "Dear Alexthecampbell," before starting the body. We then capitalize the first letter of the next sentence. Since the salutation functions like a header and isn't part ...
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Phrases to differ respectfully [duplicate]

If I were to disagree with an opinion, how should I write it in a respectful and idiomatic way? Normally I would write; "Tinged with regret, I respectfully disagree." Are there any other ...
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“It's a great thing” in a formal letter? [closed]

Is it ok to say "it's a great thing that your company does this and that because..." in a business letter or is there another way to say it ?
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Formal title/honorific for a lawyer

Let's say there is a lawyer named Sue Smith. She could be referred to as Ms. Smith, but is there a different formal prepended honorific specific to lawyers? Particularly when addressing one directly.
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Is it correct/preferred to use “present” as adjective instead of “this” when writing legal stuff?

Sometimes there are legal documents that, literally translated into English, contain the phrase "the present document/contract" whenever a reference to the document itself is made within the ...
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It should be used **with** in this paragraph?

Should be used with in this paragraph to indicate the contribution that she could do by studying a specific master's program? Using water is necessary but it needs to be done carefully to avoid ...
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Is 'excelled' appropriate here?

I am wondering whether excelled was correctly used or not in this paragraph?. I do not want to use outstanding. Despite she is from a vulnerable region in the countryside with low educational ...
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Would “temporal proximity” be an effective way to label the axis of a graph?

I have a bunch of events that vary in duration and also vary in how recently they occurred. I want to graph these events so that they look like a typical bar graph, with all the bases resting on the ...
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Use of “pull” in lieu of the phrasal verb “pull off”

Example: "pull a miracle" instead of "pull off a miracle". A quick google search shows the former being used in sports contexts, though I have heard of it in informal conversation ...
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Can the suffix -wise be considered too inadequate/colloquial for a personal statement? [duplicate]

I am writing a personal statement for the very first time and I'm worried that the suffix -wise may sound too laid-back for a text of such genre. The sentence I want to write is similar to this: ...
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Can we use “Not only, but too” instead of "Not only, but also,?

I am wondering about the use of "Not only, but too" instead of "Not only, but also.? For example: The candidates campaigned not only in Perth but in Darwin too. and is it formal to ...
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“Thank you in each case” usage [closed]

I was wondering is the phrase "Thank you in each case" appropriate to say at the end of question asking someone for some help, in formal or informal situations. I very often use it, and was ...
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Can I say this “your … is impressive” to my professor? [closed]

I am writing an email request for a reference letter to one of my professors. I would like to address her kindness in my email because she was always very patient when I asked her questions. My ...
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Is it correct to say “the reality between which he is torn sympathizing and vilifying” [closed]

what is the correct to write the reality between which he is torn sympathizing and vilifying or the reality which he is torn between sympathizing and vilifying
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Of anyone I know

The American Heritage Dictionary reads Anyone is often used in place of the more logical everyone in sentences like She is the most intelligent person of anyone I know. In our 2017 ballot, the ...
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Formal writing: replace “in fact” in a sentence

I am writing my PhD thesis, and I have a sentence that begins: We will, in fact, prove a stronger condition: Is there a more formal way to begin this sentence? Specifically, I am looking to remove &...
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Is there a formal way of stating “to be appointed”?

I am currently writing the annual report for a charity. There are trustees which will be appointed, but not at the date of the report. Is there a formal way of stating Trustee "to be appointed&...
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“a couple”: adverbial phrase

Page 229 of Garner's fourth edition reads When couple is used with comparison words such as more, fewer, and too many, the of is omitted <have a couple more shrimp>. In the predicate of the ...
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Is the sentence “It is hoped that the Coronavirus would disappear soon” correct formal speech?

Today I had my English finals, 12th grade high-school. I live in a third-world country, and so the quality of the questions/answers is not always guaranteed. One of the questions was: Which of the ...
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“No one of” + plural noun phrase

The Collins English Usage reads Don't use ‘of’ after ‘no one’ or ‘nobody’; Say ‘None of the children could speak French’. However in the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language on can find : No ...
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Proper formal synonyms for “blessed”

I am currently using the word "blessed" in writing a STEM paper (to be published). The usage would be something like "Devices of this type are often blessed with more reliability", ...
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Naturalness of expressions like “Me and Adam have discovered …” in conversational English [duplicate]

I heard an American radio personality, university graduate, was saying below. "Me and Adam have discovered a lot of weird things since we came to Japan." My question here is not about ...
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Usage of “For your information” in a formal email

I am writing an Email to a professor and want to assure him I will refer to his publication in the future. I am just curious whether using "For your information" in the following sentence is ...
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Comma after to verb [duplicate]

Should be a comma here? I read this sentence in a book, and it seems to be a little strange without a comma. Or is it only a style? And is the place of now right, considering the word order? Is this ...
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would like to have done

According to Garner's fourth edition, 'd have liked to should be followed by a present-tense infinitive, so 'd have liked to (٭have done) is wrong; nor is correct 'd like to have done because the ...
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“Pull in to” or “pull into”? “Head in to”, “Head into”, “head to”, or “head for”?

My question may sound weird, but what which of these is correct? “She pulled in to the parking lot” “She pulled into the parking lot” “I was heading for school.” “I was heading to school.” “I was ...
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How do we order food in English?

So I was wondering how we order food in English. Let’s say I want a tea, is this sentence okay? : “Hi, I’d like a takeout tea please.” Or do native speakers say it differently? (I want to sound like a ...
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Do we still use “for” like “because”? [duplicate]

I was wondering if the use of “for” like “because” was current use. For example: “I haven’t come to the party, for I was tired.” Is this used nowadays? Or shall we say “I haven’t come to the party ...
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Which of these is correct? I or me? [closed]

“Do you want to come with Lucy and I?” “Do you want to come with Lucy and me?” When do we say “I” instead of “me” and “me” instead of “I”? Thank you 😊
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these are the people or this is the people?

In the following paragraph, it is correct to write: ...that this is the people who I want to learn from? or instead it should be.... that these are the people who I want to learn from? The high level ...
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What’s a matter-of-fact tone?

I was wondering if a matter-of-fact tone was the same as a straightforward tone, and if these terms all mean “simple” or “without emotions”. (I am not a native speaker for that matter). If I speak or ...
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Is “in no way” informal?

Once in an undergraduate course on English academic writing, I wrote something like "This is in no way representative of ..." in an assignment, and the teacher marked it down for being non-...
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Is the use of the singular “they” formal English or not?

so I have to write an academic essay for school, and I was wondering if the use of the singular “they/them/their” would be accepted. Which of these would be “formal” and “accepted” by teachers. A) ...
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Formal word/phrase for “in one big move”

I'm working with the sentence: The company raised over $1 billion, __________ placing it in the top band. I initially considered "in one fell swoop" but this seems to be a stretch, typically the ...
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What's a more polite word for 'boring' or 'not interesting'?

I can't find the "suitable" words that I can directly say to a person higher in position than me (like my English teacher). I want to be polite, but also say the truth :/
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Can I use “ for ” instead of “ as” to sound more natural / informal

Like in this example It's such a shame for our school to have that brazen man "for" a teacher. Does it sound natural and used in informal language? I mean if we say "for a teacher" instead of ...
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What prefix should I use to address individuals younger that 18 yrs?

Many summer programs/university applications require me to provide a prefix I would prefer to be called by. I always type "Mr.", but as I'm younger than 18, is this appropriate usage? Should I just ...

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