Writing Features Formality

Academic Writing

Features of academic writing


In general this means in an essay that you should avoid:

a. colloquial words and expressions; ““stuff”, “a lot of”, “thing”, “sort of”,

b. abbreviated forms: “can’t”, “doesn’t”, “shouldn’t”

c. two word verbs: “put off”, “bring up”

d. sub-headings, numbering and bullet-points in formal essays – but use them in reports.

e. asking questions.


Try the following exercises:

1. Colloquial words and expressions,

2. Abbreviations,

3. Two-word verbs,

4. Formal/Informal

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