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[Writing WS001a]

Introduction to Formal and Informal Vocabulary


Exercise 1: Draw a line from each item on the left (informal words) to a
matching item on the right (formal words).
Allotted time: 2-5 minutes

but

verify

so

minimal/modest

and

percentage/proportion

hard

beverage

a lot

a vast number/amount

good

also/In addition/furthermore

drink

valid/legitimate

small

therefore

part

however

check

difficult/challenging

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[Writing WS001a]

Introduction to Formal and Informal Vocabulary


Exercise 1: Draw a line from each item on the left (informal words) to a
matching item on the right (formal words).
ANSWER SHEET

but

however

so

therefore

and

also/In addition/furthermore

hard

difficult/challenging

a lot

a vast number/amount

good

valid/legitimate

drink

beverage

small

minimal/modest

part

percentage/proportion

check

verify

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[Writing WS001a]

Introduction to Formal and Informal Vocabulary


Exercise 2: Draw a line from each item on the left (informal words) to a
matching item on the right (formal words).
Allotted time: 2-5 minutes

uses

wealthier/more prosperous

changes

modifications

try

attempt

not happy

inquire

about

approximately/roughly

idea

employs/utilizes

enough

concept/notion

richer

equivalent

the same as

dissatisfied

ask

sufficient

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[Writing WS001a]

Introduction to Formal and Informal Vocabulary


Exercise 2: Draw a line from each item on the left (informal words) to a
matching item on the right (formal words).
ANSWER SHEET

uses

employs/utilizes

changes

modifications

try

attempt

not happy

dissatisfied

about

approximately/roughly

idea

concept/notion

enough

sufficient

richer

wealthier/more prosperous

the same as

equivalent

ask

inquire

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[Writing WS001a]

Introduction to Formal and Informal Vocabulary


Exercise 3: Draw a line from each item on the left (informal words) to a
matching item on the right (formal words).
Allotted time: 2-5 minutes

let somebody know

increase

call off

postpone

get in touch

cancel

get

tolerate

say sorry

inform

put off

apologise/apologize

ask for

contact

go up

obtain

make up for

request

put up with

compensate

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[Writing WS001a]

Introduction to Formal and Informal Vocabulary


Exercise 3: Draw a line from each item on the left (informal words) to a
matching item on the right (formal words).
ANSWER SHEET

let somebody know

inform

call off

cancel

get in touch

contact

get

obtain

say sorry

apologise/apologize

put off

postpone

ask for

request

go up

increase

make up for

compensate

put up with

tolerate

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