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Discursive writing

Formal tone in a discursive essay

It is important when you write a discursive essay to write in a proper formal way.

You should not use an informal style to write a discursive essay.

In simple terms, this means the following -

DoDo not use
Write in proper, complete sentencesAbbreviations (i.e./e.g./etc./UK/&)
Use complete words and expressionsContractions (isn't/don't/won't)
Use proper, standard EnglishSlang (e.g. bloke/geezer etc)
Colloquial language (mate/bolshy etc.)

On a slightly different note, you should also try to make sure that you use a decent standard of vocabulary in any formal essay you write.

In particular, try to avoid weak vocabulary such as 'get', 'got' and 'getting'. Relying on this level of vocabulary too often suggests that your power of expression is weak. Build up your word power!

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