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    written english

    when i l lok uo up words in the dictionary there are certain words classified as (writen ) , does it mean that those words should not or are not used in spoken english? or it is rare to use them?
    in addition to that there are many other words which are not grouped like that but i very rarely hear them in every day language exept in novels? i ask these question just to to be confident when chosing words in spoken english , not to cause amusement in the native hearer.

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    Re: written english

    If it's classified as 'written', it doesn't mean that it is wrong to use it in spoken English, but that it is rare to find it in spoken English. It is used to mark words like, say, 'hitherto' that are found in special texts like legal texts. Novels often use colourful language that isn't found in everday speech, but that doesn't mean you can't use it if you want to.

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