Overly informal language

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In academic writing, essays, etc., you should avoid using words associated with informal writing or informal speech. There is very often a more formal word that is more appropriate to the genre.

No: Things would be different if Sweden were a bigger country.

Yes: Things would be different if Sweden were a larger country.

No: The immigrants had a lot of trouble learning the language.

Yes: The immigrants had great difficulty learning the language.

No: A lot of the information in the report is wrong.

Yes: A great deal of the information in the report is false.

No: I guess I’ll apply again next year.

Yes: I suppose I will apply again next year.

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