Formal Writing Basics

Formal Writing Basics of Essay Writing

Formal writing of Formal Writing Basics is the style you should be looking to achieve in writing essays.
There are a number of qualities to formal writing which we will outline in this video.
We will also go through some common language errors.

Perspective of Formal Writing Basics

Perspective of Formal Writing Basics
Formal writing is third-person, impersonal and objective.
This means that everything is written based on fact.
Constructing an argument is simple as choosing which ‘fact’ supports your case, and allowing it to support your definition.

Grammar of Formal Writing Basics

Grammar of Formal Writing Basics
Formal writing requires grammar to be used in a ‘perfect’ manner.
Writing in complex sentences ensures each idea is detailed and explained.
Formal writing is impersonal and must use ‘proper’ English.
Consult grammar guides if you are unsure.

Language of Formal Writing Basics

Language of Formal Writing Basics
Language is best described as scholarly or academic.
It must avoid opinionated, emotional or unnecessarily descriptive statements.
Academic language means you are presenting facts and indicating knowledge.
It must be direct and explicit: as in, not vague.

Organisation of Formal Writing Basics

Organisation of Formal Writing Basics
Your writing must be organised in a way where your interpretation can be represented as fact, rather than just your opinion.
By providing your own definition, and basing your argument on your discussion and evidence, you are writing in a formal way.

Do Nots

Some things to avoid:

  • Contractions
  • You or I; we and us
  • Unnecessary adjectives
  • Vague, unspecific points
  • Opinionated statements
  • Starting with conjunctions

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