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.

Use this tag for questions about the formality of a specific word or phrase. Relevant questions may involve doubts about using certain wordings in a more formal context. The question must identify the target context and a specific concern about a word or phrase's level of formality.

Consult the question check list to determine whether this tag is suitable for your question. You can also look at the example questions. If this tag doesn't fit your question, have a look at related tags (below) that might fit the question better.

Question checklist

  • Is the question about the usage of one word or phrase in formal contexts?
  • Does the question contain the word or phrase?
  • Does the question clearly describe the context in which the word or phrase is to be used?

Example questions

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  • Use for questions about the usage of complete phrases.
  • Use or add for questions that concentrate on choosing between two words.
  • Use if you are asking about the usage of a word in general.
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