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    When Writing A Document

    When Writing A Document, What Is The Difference Between Formal And Informal Language?

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    Informal language is what you would use to write a postcard to your friend. Formal language is what you would use to write an article for The Times. For example:

    Italy is a country well worth visiting: a fine cuisine, good wines and exquisitely beautiful countryside. (Formal)

    Italy's great! Great grub, great plonk and great views. (Informal)

    Formal language usually uses longer words, and a wider vocabulary, as well as sticking to more traditional grammar rules. Informal language uses more contractions, more slang and is more likely to use non-standard grammar rules.

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