Grammar Reference

Features of informal English

common words and phrasal verbs

  • Don't worry, I'll back you up.

abbreviations, contractions and acronyms

  • Call me asap.

simple, short sentences

  • I graduated. Then I worked for a small company. They promoted me to manager.

Features of formal English

Formal vocabulary and equivalents to phrasal verbs 

  • We will support your decision.

Fewer abbreviations, contractions and acronyms

  • Please contact me as soon as possible.

More complex sentences through use of linkers, passive forms and relative clauses.

  • After graduating I started working for a small company where I was promoted to the role of manager.