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    #11

    Re: Can we use slang in english test?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    For me that means "In my books those expressions are slang.", because that response can only refer to "It's just colloquial to me.", and not "I don't believe these expressions are slang, are they?", or that response means "Those expression are not in my books.".
    So, are you saying, dihen, that the idioms in question are colloquial? They're certainly not colloquial in my books, nor are they slang.

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    #12

    Re: Can we use slang in english test?

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    Whether slang, idioms, or colloquialisms, it is not wise to use such phrases in a written essay, which requires more formality than these offer.

    A piece of cake -- a simple task
    Let someone sleep on it -- let someone think about it carefully
    Face the music -- accept the consequences
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    #13

    Re: Can we use slang in english test?

    My two bits (as a relatively experienced teacher of TOEFL):
    Idioms ("face the music" et al.) and phrasal verbs are considered too informal for the writing tasks. You may not lose marks but you will certainly score higher if you don't use idioms and phrasal verbs


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    #14

    Re: Can we use slang in english test?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    My two bits (as a relatively experienced teacher of TOEFL):
    Idioms ("face the music" et al.) and phrasal verbs are considered too informal for the writing tasks. You may not lose marks but you will certainly score higher if you don't use idioms and phrasal verbs
    I'm grateful for your advice
    thanks dude~


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    Re: Can we use slang in english test?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahfan_85 View Post
    I'm grateful for your advice
    thanks dude~
    dudette

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