Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Informal vs Formal Writing

We're not focusing on WHAT you say at the moment; rather, we're concentrating today on HOW you say it. Despite the strength or weakness of your opinion, you can still relate it in a INTELLIGENT, FORMAL manner. Do not be so lazy or casual in your tone. If you don't continually practice your formal writing every opportunity we have in class, then how can you ever improve?

Read the information on the link below and leave a comment (with your name) that compares and contrast the difference between FORMAL and INFORMAL writing. (Hint: TRY TO USE A FORMAL TONE)


Consider these questions in your comment:

1. What makes a piece of writing formal or informal?
2. What are some obvious "no-no's" of informal writing that we can avoid?
3. How can we turn informal writing into formal writing?


  1. 1.The use of grammar, spelling, and word choice.
    2.dont use 1st person or second.
    3.using the wors which, whom and Who.

  2. * lol switch from first or second

  3. 1. The proper usage of grammar punctuation and tone makes a good formal writing. While an informal writing consists of improper grammar and first and second person writing and also conjunctions
    2. Avoid using first and second person, conjunctions, and vague words.
    3.By Changing you are going to are you going?

  4. Informal writing uses more of simple words. Formal writing uses more intelligent type words. For example a informal speaker or writer may say or write the word "kid", but a fermal speaker or writer may say the word "child" instead. Also, amybe an informal person would say "quote" but a more formal person may use the word "quotation". To make informal turn to formal you may need to say the word that sound more intelligent instead of the less intelligent work.

  5. 1. The way a precise of writing is written determines whether the text is formal or informal.

    2. Some things that could be avoided contractions.

    3. We could transform informal writing to formal writing by using correct punctuations, Avoid vague words, and write in a third person point of view.


  6. Formal and informal writing are different in an iinumerable amount of ways, but can be similar in others. Formal writing is when one writes in a tone more suitable for academic or scholarly situations, but also, can be used in situations such as letters and emails to people who are just aquaitences. One should not use contractions or common sayings or phrases. Formal writing should try to avaid the first and second person also. Informal writing is when one writes in a tone more suitable for chat rooms or everyday speech. One who wants to send an email to their close friend might not want to use formal language. In informal writing you can use contractions and things to this nature.- Ben Dibble

  7. Nikki Ruest-
    What makes a piece of writing formal or informal is the words you use, the way you set up sentences and the grammar you use.
    Obvious "no-no's" would be using vague words, using the wrong punctuation, ,and using contractions.
    You can turn informal writing formal by changing the words you use, correcting your grammar, and not disobeying the rules of formal writing

  8. 1. Formal writiting is writing that uses the concept of placing intelligent words in a smoothb and eloquent word order. It means that the words are easy to understand but a five or six year old child could not invent. Informal writing is when the writeer use the language as they would in a public chatroom, using contractions when you should use whole words, as well as putting in plhrases such as IDK, or ROFL, when these are used, often times, the sentetnces look like those that could be formed by an average first grader.

    2. The obvious no-no's of formal writing is using contractions, abbreviations, silly cliche's, and juimbled or made-up words.

    3. If a paper is very informal, the writer, or the one looking for errors might go back and reword the words in a more "readable" order, as well as getting rid of contractions, leaving behind the cliches, and using more descriptive words like quotation instead of quote, or child instead of kid.

    ---Ryan T.

  9. The elements of writing that makes the writing formal or informal is based around the writers tone by the choice of the writers words. There are many things that are not to be used for writing in a formal manner, such as common colloquial words, contractions, and first and second person. Transforming informal writing into formal writing is quit simple, just change the way it iis presented. Any phrase can be turned into formal writing, no matter how informal.

  10. When writing in a formal manner, one must consider certain rules and guidelines in order to reach the acceptable level of formality. First off, one should remember that a formal paper should be written intelligently, not have the aura of an every day conversation. A second major area of writing formally is word choice. The words that are selected to be in a final draft are crucial to the level of formality.

  11. When a person uses formal writing they are multiple things to avoid. First, you must stay away from contractions. Instead of saying "can't" spell out the word as a whole. One must also stray away from cliches and vague words. The most important rule to remember is keep your writing in third person, there will be no first or second person in formal writing.


  12. 1. Mostly the choice of words, do not end up using the same words over and over again. Make sure you have correct grammar and spelling also.
    2. Do not use conjunctions and do not write in first or second person.
    3. Change your words, make them interesting and do not have so many duplicated words.

    -Zandy Chappell-

  13. A piece of writing becomes formal when you use words that are not too vague, also when writing a formal paper you should avoid using contractions, do not ask the reader questions, do not tell the reader what this paper is about either. Rearrange the words in a sentence to make the essay sound more formal.
    -Shyam Patel

  14. When writing in formal english one needs to avoid using contraction. For example, instead of using "can't" use can not. One must also use proper punctuation when writing in a formal tone. Also the wwriter must stay in third person, try to avoid writing in first and second person.

    Conner Hutchinson

  15. When writing fromally there are things to remember...... Never use contractions! This means do not say can't in your paper say cannot, also never use vague words or cliches. Something else to remember is always write in 3rd person.
    -Justin Duncan

  16. When proceeding in doing formal writing a people must be affair of the first person and second person. When doing formal writing tense shift is a major problem for some people, but pratice will be of essence to a person. When writing do not start a sentence off with a coordinating conjunction. Formal writing does not involve using the word (you).

  17. The difference between formal and informal writing is the wsome dead are expressed. The same idea can be expressed in a formal or informal way. The use of appropriate punction, appropriate point of view, and specific words are a few ways to write in a formal tone.
    Ben Jones

  18. writing formally is important when trying to leave a good first impression. It may not sound normal when speaking formally, but thats just because we do not normally speak in a formal tone. also, when using formal writing, it is impotant to avoid speaking in first and second person, do not use vague words or clitches. Another neccessity to formal writing is to use correct punctuation.

  19. When a person writes in an formal manner he/she must follow certain guidelines when doing so unlike writing in a informal manner, when you still have to watch what you say, but the rules are less stressed like they are in formal writing.

    Arthur R.

  20. When writing a formal paper the tone of the paper plays a big role in whether a paper sounds formal or not. Using correct grammar is also another and knowing the right words to use is another way to make a paper formal. Crystal

  21. This particular passage of informal writing makes some sense, while a small amount somewhat confuses me, some of it we remember learning from last semester, while some of it sounds new.

  22. The diference between formal and informal writing is that with formal writing one cannot use first or third person. Also one must not write like they are conversation to one of their friends.
    Deneshia Patterson

  23. Formal writing is not what is said but how it is said. There are certain rules that must be followed such as do not use conjunctions. Conjunctions is something that should never be use when writing a paper. Instead of using they're use "you are" to fix it.

  24. 1. The use of words, the grammar, what person it is in, and the absence of contractions. Also much more than that, such as the punctuation and sentence structure.
    2. No-no's; "I'm, y'all, pretty, big, cute" Using terms like that.
    Grammar, as in putting the wrong "you're" in a spot.
    3. Changing the grammar and the sentence itself, the improperness of anything, and fixing obvious errors.

  25. A paper or essay being formal, or informal all depends on the word choice of the author. Formal papers tend to be written in third person, and are normally unbiased in the sense that the author does not offer an opinion on a subject. Some obvious "no-no's" of informal writing that can be avoided are: using first, and second person perspective, you should always use third person when writing a formal paper, and another obvious "no-no" of informal writing is slang. Slang is acceptable only for informal writings, and would be a waste of time for formal papers.

  26. When writing in formal one must try avioding the use of first and seecond person tones instead use third person. A person should use more intelligent words than slang and replace words that have been place in the writing, for example instead of cute replace it with beautiful. Vague words could be confusing so it is in best intrest to avoid . Never use run ons.


  27. Natalie Watts
    1. When writing in a formal tone you have to make good word choices. Such as kid should be children.

    2. Obvious no-no's would be contraction, silly phrases, abrevations, and first and second person.

    3. You could make a paper formal by scanning over your writing, looking for contractions, abrevations, grammar and spelling.