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Understand Language: Formal and Official 1

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

'Understand Language: Formal and Official 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Formal Speech Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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 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 English)

Successful contestants will be notified. (official formal English)

Official language uses more formal vocabulary than everyday language.

winner (everyday English)

successful contestant (official English)

 

let you know (everyday English)

notified (official English)

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'cheap'?

(You may need to use a dictionary to look up the meanings.)

 

Tick four boxes.

inexpensive

affordable

dear

economical

reasonable

pricey

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'find out'?

 

Tick four boxes.

confer

determine

ascertain

tell

locate

discover

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'ask'?

 

Tick four boxes.

determine

demand

request

insist

appeal

enquire

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'ugly'?

 

Tick four boxes.

unattractive

pleasant

hideous

unsightly

offensive

striking

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'give'?

 

Tick four boxes.

offer

donate

accept

bestow

choose

provide

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'talk'?

 

Tick four boxes.

gossip

speak

converse

discuss

confer

chat

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'tell'?

 

Tick four boxes.

declare

request

state

enquire

express

communicate

If you saw a sign saying 'vehicles prohibited', what would it mean in everyday English?

cars, buses and lorries allowed

cars, buses and lorries not allowed

What does 'forms may be obtained from the above address' mean in everyday English?

You can send your form to the house upstairs.

You can get a form from the address at the top of this page.

What does 'We acknowledge the receipt of your communication' mean in everyday English?

Your letter has arrived.

We are waiting for you to get in touch.

  • Question 1

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'cheap'?

(You may need to use a dictionary to look up the meanings.)

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
inexpensive
affordable
economical
reasonable
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for giving this a try. When thinking about whether language is formal or informal think about vocabulary you may use with you friends. 'dear' and 'pricey' is an informal way of saying expensive.
  • Question 2

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'find out'?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
determine
ascertain
locate
discover
EDDIE SAYS
Remember to use a dictionary if you are stuck on any meanings of words. 'Tell' is an informal way of giving someone information. Neither 'tell' or 'confer' mean the same as 'find out'. A dictionary can be really useful here.
  • Question 3

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'ask'?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
demand
request
appeal
enquire
EDDIE SAYS
Think about the meanings of each word. Again a dictionary is useful for this task. Neither 'determine' or 'insist' mean to ask someone.
  • Question 4

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'ugly'?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
unattractive
hideous
unsightly
offensive
EDDIE SAYS
How you doing? Again here you need to identify if the words have the same meaning as 'ugly'. 'Pleasant' and 'striking' do not have the same meaning as 'ugly'. Keep it up!
  • Question 5

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'give'?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
offer
donate
bestow
provide
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? Look at the list of words and decide which ones do not have the same meaning. 'Choose' and 'accept' have a different meaning to 'give'.
  • Question 6

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'talk'?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
speak
converse
discuss
confer
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! The words 'chat' and 'gossip' can mean the same as 'talk', but they are very informal. We would use them when talking to friends or people we know.
  • Question 7

Which of the words in the list can be used in official language instead of 'tell'?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
declare
state
express
communicate
EDDIE SAYS
Your doing great! Remember the words have to mean the same thing, you are looking for a more formal way of saying them. Neither 'request' or 'enquire' have the same meaning as 'tell'.
  • Question 8

If you saw a sign saying 'vehicles prohibited', what would it mean in everyday English?

CORRECT ANSWER
cars, buses and lorries not allowed
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! 'Vehicles' is a formal way of saying 'cars, buses and lorries' and 'prohibited' is a formal word for 'not allowed'. Remember if you are stuck a dictionary is very helpful.
  • Question 9

What does 'forms may be obtained from the above address' mean in everyday English?

CORRECT ANSWER
You can get a form from the address at the top of this page.
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one here. This is the type of sentence we may see on a letter. Formal letters will show an address in the top corner, this is what the sentence would be referring to. Keep it up!
  • Question 10

What does 'We acknowledge the receipt of your communication' mean in everyday English?

CORRECT ANSWER
Your letter has arrived.
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for having a go. Remember to use a dictionary to look up any words within the sentence that you do not understand. 'Receipt of your communication' is talking about a letter that has been received.
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