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    Hi
    can we use idioms in academic writing?

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    Can you give an example?

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    Hi Anglika
    you have asked me about an example
    well ,while writing an essay in drama on King Lear can we say for example:
    Lear becomes at the end of his tether when he hears Cordelia saying "nothing" concerning her love to him
    Can we use it ?
    I'm waiting for your answer
    thanks in advance

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    The reasons why idioms are not appropriate in formal E such as academic writing are:

    - idioms are informal- they are more typical of speech
    - idioms are culture-specific- they may not be understood by all readers
    - idioms interfere with clear communication- academic ideas are best presented directly and transparently

    In reality, some categories of idiom are used in formal writing, while others are not, so your inquiry needs to be more detailed. I believe that you can use the idiom "at the end of one's tether" depending on how formal you choose to be.

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    Bianca
    thanks a lot
    you're right and I decided to collect some Idioms that can be used in formal writings such as at the end of his tether or at your wits' end ......
    thanks again

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    Default Re: Idioms

    You can use the more formal ones, but don't use too many or your style will start to sound to chatty.

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    thanks Tdol
    I will

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