Using Formal and Informal Language Appropriately. Using Formal and Informal Language Appropriately. Everyday life is not like a Grey Poupon Commercial….
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Most of us remember the Grey Poupon commercials of the 90’s where a man in a limousine is asked for some fancy mustard and replies, “But, of course!” We all inherently know why the commercials are amusing, but we probably haven’t taken the time to actually analyze the reasoning.
Tone is defined as the writer’s attitude toward the subject matter and his or her readers.
The audience is your reader or listener– the recipient of your verbal or written communication.
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What makes formal language (continued)?
What to avoid in formal writing…
On the other hand
Shall, will, should, would
Until, till, ‘til
YeahCommon Colloquialisms and Informal Words Continued
After reading The Red Badge of Courage, it is easy for you to see Crane’s purpose in telling the story.
Native American literature is rich in cultural information and poetic language.
Native American literature isn’t rich in Puritain characteristics.
Native American Literature is oral. It is passed down by word of mouth.
Everybody knows that Snickers is the best candy bar.
The field trip participants will meet at the A-Town Wal-Mart.
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“Tone: A Matter of Attitude.” Capital Community College. 2006. 15 October 2008 <http://grammar.ccc.commnet.