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1. Formal vs Informal Word Choice Recognizing and Choosing the Appropriate Register for Different Audiences

2. Dear Royal Shakespeare Company, I read in The Stage today that you are casting for a production of Macbeth and I am writing to ask if you would consider me for the part of Fleance. I am enclosing my photograph and CV. Yours sincerely, O Lawrence Olivier Laurence (Aged 9)

3. Dear Shits, I am the best actor in the world, ever! I’ve always loved Shakespeare’s plays and am delighted to hear he’s written a new one, Macbeth. I would be a brilliant Macbeth (did you see Transformers?) If you don’t give me this job right now, I’m gonna be pissed. Yours sincerely, O Lawrence Olivier Laurence (Aged 9) Source: Imogene Stewart, Stafford College http://www.skillsworkshop.org/l1lit/l1l2slang.pdf

4. Register and Audience Our word choice varies depending on our audience and purpose. Linguists refer to the varying levels of formality in speech and writing as “register”. Choosing the appropriate register for a given situation can be veru important.

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10. How can we know what is informal? Read, read, read. You will learn to associate certain words and phrases with different types of writing. In general – phrasal verbs are informal. Contractions are always informal. If you have a dictionary that provides the etymology of a word, Latin and French root words usually are more formal than Germanic or old English root words.

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