A formal piece of writing is used when we do not have any idea of the person, or when we know the person but haven’t exchanged words, or we are not having familiar terms with the person who receives the letter. Here, we use formal language which indicates dignified and deferential regard for the reader. It is used when writing for academic, professional, and legal purposes.
Formal Writing is a bit difficult as we have to consider some important points are to be kept in mind with respect to:
1.Word choice and tone should be polite.
2.No use of first and second person singular pronouns
3.Use of positive and literal language and academic vocabulary.
4.Avoid repetition and overgeneralization.
5.Use of proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation
6.No use of contractions, cliche, colloquial diction, and abbreviations
7.Sentences are fully elaborated and concluded.
8.Avoid the use of jargon.
9.No emotional language
10.No statistics without proper reference.
11.Full of objectivity, as proper evidence, should be there to support your argument.
Definition of Informal Writing
The informal style of writing is one used for personal and casual conversation, wherein friendly and colloquial language is used. In an informal writing style, a personal and emotional tone is used, and the reader is directly referred to by the words ‘you’ or ‘your’. It is used when writing personal emails, text messages, letters to friends and family, etc. It is a direct form of writing which uses:
1.Contractions, abbreviations, and short sentences are used.