Formal or informal?

Read the examples of informal language
When we write or speak informally, we often use stronger language.

Formal
Informal
We had a good time.
We had a fantastic/ brilliant/amazing time.
I am looking forward to it.
I can hardly wait!
I have lived here for a long time.
I’ve lived here for ages.


We also use shorter forms.

FormalInformal
Would it be convenient if…?
Would it be OK if…?
I received your letter.
I got your letter.
I would like to tell you something.
I’ve got something to tell you.

Look at these pairs of expressions and decide if they are formal (F) or informal (I).
Discuss with your teacher

1. The film impressed me a lot.
2. I thought the film was really brilliant

3. It would be so fantastic to see you again!
4. I would like to see you again.

5. Would it be possible for me to stay with you on Friday night?
6. Can I stay the night on Friday?

7. I would like to know if you are coming to London in the near future.
8. I was wondering if you are coming to London soon.

9. I apologize for not writing sooner.
10. I am really sorry I haven’t written for such a long time.

11. I have been very busy at work.
12. I haven’t had a single moment to sit down and write to you for months.

13. I’ve got some really amazing news!
14. I have some important news to tell you.