What Is Register In English?

What Is Register In English?

What Is Register? We can all recognise formal and informal texts, but you may not know that it has a name. It is called ‘Register’. The scales of register are generally classified as Formal, Neutral, Informal and Vulgar. In this sense, vulgar refers to childish or common utterances and not rude jokes. So, what is register and how can it be defined? Here are two example letters. Very easy to tell formal from informal, but what are the language forms that make the difference? I will give you a few clues. Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation are the three areas of difference. Use the table on the right to try and find

Back To The Future

Back To The Future

It may come as a surprise to learn that the English language contains some complexity. We are always told that it is a rather simple language as it has no masculine, feminine or neuter to worry about. Neither does it have special grammatical structures such as the subjunctive in French or the accusative and dative prepositions in German. Surprisingly, there is no conditional tense either. This is vocabulary driven in English by the use of modals. So really all we are left with is are past, present and future and the four tense forms. Simple, continuous, perfect and perfect continuous. Except for one small, tiny little problem. There is no

A Teaching I Will Go

A Teaching I Will Go

After a relatively long period of navel gazing, procrastinating, idle daydreaming and just plain laziness, I have decided to return to my designated profession as a ‘chalkie’. For those who haven’t heard this label before, it means teacher. And worse still, an English teacher. One could say that I have been afflicted with the absence makes the heart grow fonder syndrome, but really I have just missed the sense of superiority that teaching brings. Up in front of a group of people hanging off your every word, or in reality, probably falling asleep after deciding that the concept of the present perfect just isn’t worth staying awake for. Sadistic examination

Cambridge English Proficiency

Cambridge English Proficiency

My recent post gave you a small example of what is expected of an advanced learner of English. So today I thought I would up the difficulty level by giving you a sample of the expectations of the proficiency level. So have fun seeing how good your English really is. For questions 1-15, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each space. Global English Global English exists (0) ….as…… a political and cultural reality. Many misguided theories attempt to explain why the English language should have succeeded internationally, whilst (1) ………. have not. Is it because there is (2) ………. inherently logical or beautiful about