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Find Formal Synonyms for Informal Words

In this worksheet, students will practise identifying the vocabulary used in formal language.

'Find Formal Synonyms for Informal Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Formal Speech Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

Formal language is a style of English used in certain situations, such as official notices and letters. It has features that make it different from the type of English we use in everyday situations.


For example:

We will let you know if you are a winner. (everyday informal English)

Successful contestants will be notified. (formal English)


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Official language uses more formal vocabulary than everyday language.

winner (everyday English)

successful contestant (formal)


let you know (everyday English)

notified (formal English)


In this activity, you will look at the differences between the two types of language.


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