Practical English Usage
English grammar and vocabulary exercises
Formal and informal speech and writing
Formal speech and writing is sometimes different from informal speech and writing. In English there are certain words and structures which are mostly used in formal situations. There are also certain words and structures for informal situations.
Use of Contraction
Contracted auxiliary verbs and negatives are common in informal speech and writing. They are not normally used in formal situations.
Use of prepositions
Prepositions can come at the end of certain structures in informal language. This is not possible in formal language.
Use of relative pronouns
In informal speech, the relative pronoun can be dropped when it is the object of the clause.
You can usually decide whether a relative pronoun is an object because it is normally followed by another subject + verb.
Use of determiners
Some determiners are followed by singular verbs in formal language and plural verbs in informal language.
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