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    in register

    Dear teachers,

    Have you ever gotten yourself into trouble by reading of an elementary text? Sometimes the simplest things are a mystery to you.

    I have just read an answer of the question “What is the difference between “dress” and “get dress”. I came up against a difficulty when the expression “in register” struck my eye. (Please see the expression in bold bellow)

    What is difference between the following two sentences?

    The children went upstairs to dress.

    The children went upstairs to get dressed.

    “The difference is in register.”

    The first sentence is very formal, vaguely archaic, and a bit elevated.

    The second sentence is more general and everyday in round. Both are perfectly correct grammatically but they are different in register.

    I know the following interpretation of the expression in question namely “in register” = when it is faithful to the original. When it is “out register” it may be blurry and look like 3-D comic book picture.

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the proper meaning of the expression in question?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V

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    Re: in register

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers, [ ... ]
    I know the following interpretation of the expression in question namely “in register” = when it is faithful to the original. When it is “out register” it may be blurry and look like 3-D comic book picture.
    The bit I have quoted is another definition of "register" altogether, and has nothing to do with language. "Register" is simple terms is a variety of language which is used in certain social contexts - as you have identified, formal and informal; but also there is a work register in which you use technical terms and behave professionally; a play register, etc. Everyone (well, most people) have access to several registers that they can adopt at appropriate times. A register can have it's own vocabulary, level of politeness, preciseness of accent, etc.

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    Re: in register

    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you for your prompt reply as well as for your profound explanation.

    Regards

    V.

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