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    Is 'Gregarious' commonly used in informal English?

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could tell me the words 'sociable', 'outgoing', and 'gregarious' have the same register and if they can be used in everyday English. Thanks.

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    Re: Is 'Gregarious' commonly used in informal English?

    "Sociable" and "outgoing", yes. "Gregarious, not so much. There's nothing wrong with it but we don't hear it much in everyday English.

    I'm sure you know that "sociable" and "outgoing" don't necessarily mean the same thing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is 'Gregarious' commonly used in informal English?

    That doesn't mean that you can't use it in conversation, though.

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    Re: Is 'Gregarious' commonly used in informal English?

    I think most AmE speakers would understand gregarious but a much smaller number would use the word in conversation. Some people take offense when others use a lot of words they don't know, but this is less likely when the person using unfamiliar words has a foreign accent.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is 'Gregarious' commonly used in informal English?

    Right. Another way of looking at it is that Americans who like using big words use it naturally, and Americans who don't don't.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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