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Understand Language: Formal and Official 2

In this worksheet, students practise identifying features of formal and official language.

'Understand Language: Formal and Official 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Formal Speech Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Formal official language is a style of English used in certain situations, such as official notices and letters. It uses particular words and phrases that make it different from everyday English, but it has other features as well.

for example:

You can't smoke here! (everyday English)

Smoking is prohibited. (official formal English)

 

Official language often uses the passive voice ('is prohibited') and it is also more impersonal in tone, avoiding pronouns like I, we and you.

 

Contractions (leaving out letters in a word) such as 'can't' and exclamation marks are not normally used in official language.

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