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Using formal language

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Academic texts use a more formal style of writing than many other types of publications, for example, magazines and daily newspapers, or websites like this one. So, many of the words we might use in speech or in journalism are replaced with more formal words. For example, "look at" becomes "examine"; "help" becomes "assist" or "facilitate"; "cut down" becomes "reduce"; and so on.

Similarly, many of our common idiomatic, slang, or journalistic expressions need to be rewritten in a more formal style:

For example, "international business heavyweights" is too informal. A better wording would be " leading international business interests".

Question 1

Read the passage from a student's essay below:

Articles on women's sports were placed on the left page and often at the bottom, which is a place skipped by many readers.

How might you rewrite this passage with more formal language?

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Two possible rewrites of this passage are:

Articles on women's sports were placed on the left page and often at the bottom, which is an area often overlooked by readers.

Articles on women's sports were placed on the left page and often at the bottom, which is less prominent.

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