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Understand Formal Language 2

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

'Understand Formal Language 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Formal Speech Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Formal 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! (informal English)

Smoking is prohibited. (formal English)


Formal 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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