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    Can somebody help me with these sentences please. Not sure if it's correct.

    1) We don't have to comply with the formality of eating at this restaurant. I don't even think they have any formality.

    2) We don't have to be so formal when eating at this restaurant. I don't think there is anu formality in this restaurant.

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    Re: Can somebody help me with these sentences please. Not sure if it's correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by scott833 View Post
    1) We don't have to comply with the formality of eating at this restaurant. I don't even think they have any formality.

    2) We don't have to be so formal when eating at this restaurant. I don't think there is anuy formality in this restaurant.
    The second is possible, though it would be more natural to use 'there' in place of 'in this restaurant' at the end.

    #1 suggests that for some reason eating at this restaurant is considered something that must be done ('a formality'), but the speaker considers it unnecessary to do this. The second sentence would only make sense it it read, "I don't even think there is a 'formality'". 'Formality' in this sentence, used with 'comply with', suggests the countable noun that means 'a thing that you must do as a formal or official part of a legal process, a social situation, etc".

    In #2, 'formality' is the uncountable noun meaning 'correct and formal behaviour'.

    Definitions from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, OUP.

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