Matching Formal and Informal

This task shows you examples of formal and informal sentences and allows you to compare them. To make a sentence more formal you can:

  • Use 'There' as a subject; e.g. 'There is a serious risk of...'
  • Use 'It' as a subject; e.g. 'It is impossible to...'
  • Use 'One' as a subject; e.g. 'One may ask whether...' ('One' is a formal version of 'You' [plural] in general)
  • Use the passive voice; e.g. 'Many things can be done in order to...'

Match the formal phrases in the boxes on the right with the informal phrases on the left:

  1. Click in the table cell containing the Formal phrase you want to move.
  2. Click in the table cell where you want the phrase to go. The phrases will swap position.
  3. If a phrase is in the right position, it will have a green background and a tick.
  4. When all the formal phrase table cells are green and have ticks, you have finished.

       Score: / 13


1 Everybody must… 1
2 In our daily lives we experience the influence of … 2
3 We simply/just order goods from… 3
4 Let us consider… 4
5 It’s high time we all did the right thing. 5
6 We can’t see and touch the goods. 6
7 When we download songs we cheat their authors of income. 7
8 We, Chinese, do things our own way. 8
9 I love/ I like/ prefer… 9
10 We face a huge danger of being cheated… 10
11 You may ask… 11
12 Students have their own styles of learning… 12
13 We can do many things… 13

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Last updated on: Friday, March 23, 2012