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Levels of Style/ Levels of Formality


The formality of the language you use should match the formality of the situation and the relationship between you and your reader. Consider the following examples.

Very Formal: Exceedingly large segments of the population are expressing their discontent with medical practitioners who appear to be more engrossed in amassing financial assets than in providing efficacious care to people with health disorders.

You are likely to encounter a very formal style of writing in text such as legal pleadings or political documents.

Formal: A large number of consumers are complaining about medical doctors who are apparently more interested in making money than in provide effective health care.

You are likely to encounter a formal style of writing in places like academic journals and newspaper articles.

Informal: A lot of people are unhappy with their doctors who only seem to care about how much money they make, and not about giving their patients good care.

You are likely to encounter an informal style in writings such as newsletters and personal letters

Notice that any of the three examples could be effective, depending upon the reader, the writer's relationship with the reader, and the situation.

 

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