BEC Writing styles. Unit 1.   

Master - class BEC Vantage Writing. 

 

 

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Formal style.

  • Ideas are presented politely and carefully.
  • Fixed expressions and long words.
  • Impersonal language.
  • Grammar and punctuations are important.

Use formal style if the subject matter is serious. EX: A Complaint.

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NEUTRAL/STANDART

Common style in professional work emails.

  • The language is simple, clear and direct.
  • Sentences are short and there is a use of contractions. ( I’ve for I have).
  • The language is more personal.
  • The language is direct.

Example Phrases

Formal/Neutral 

  • Thank you for your email received..
  • With regard/reference to .. .
  • I would be grateful if you could .. .
  • We regret to advise you that.. .
  • Please accept our apologies for .. .
  • I was wondering if you could .. .
  • We not e that you have not.. .
  • We would like to remind you that.. .
  • It is necessary for me to .. .
  • It is possible tha t I will .. .
  • Would you like me to .. . ?
  • However, / In addition,  / Therefore,
  • If you require any further information, please
  • do not hesitate to contac t me.
  • I look forward to meeting you next week

Latin/Anglosaxon origin ( formal). 

  • assistance/due to/enquire/inform/information
  • obtain/occupation/possess/provide/repair
  • request/requirements/verify

Informal

  • Thank s for the email.
  • Re .. .
  • Please could you .. .
  • I'm sorry to tell you that.. .
  • I'm sorry for.. .
  • Could you ... ?
  • You haven't.. .
  • Don't forget that .. .
  • I need to .. .
  • Shall I ...
  • If you'd like more details, let me know.
  • See you next week.

Latin/Anglosaxon origin ( informal).

  • help/because of/ask/tell/facts
  • get/job/have/give/fix
  • ask for/needs/check (prove)
Direct/inderect: polite ( diplomatic).
You need to remember who you are writing to.

DIRECT

If you write an email to a close colleague, someone you work with regularly, either face to face or by email then the style of the email is direct.

INDERECT- POLITE/DIPLOMATIC

If you are writing to someone more senior than you, use indirect: polite/diplomatic style.