0010 Understand how Language Varies According to the Context in which it Occurs
Formal and Informal Language
The use of standard American English precludes:
- Slang - unconventional colorful language invented for specific uses
- Jargon - language of a trade or profession
- Cliches - overused phrases
- Pretentious expressions - unnecessary use of ornate language
An example of the unacceptable use of slang is:
We hit the sack early because we had a long hike the next day.
The sentence could be corrected by:
We went to bed early because we had a long hike the next day.
Here is another example of the use of slang.
I was completely pooped when I finished the race.
Write a sentence that eliminates the slang. Click here when you are finished.
An example of the unacceptable use of a cliche is:
The plane disappeared from view, so we thought it had crashed.
The sentence could be corrected by eliminating the unnecessary phrase "from view."
The plane disappeared, so we thought it had crashed.
The sentence below can be greatly improved.
Last but not least, don't gab about areas of linguistic sophistication about which you know zilch.
Write a sentence that makes it standard American English and click here when you are finished.