Our written language should remain as formal as it is when it comes to school, work, or any other important place. The evolution of the English language is normal and predicted thing, it has happened in the past and it will happen in the future. People still use formal writing when they need too, but they write whats easiest for them when they don't have to. In our generation and those to come, people will "work smarter and not harder", its what we have been taught and what we feel comfortable doing.
2- answers question, but sounds choppy and vocab can be improved.
Our written language should still remain formal, but also be able to change with the times. This includes all the new words that are thought up every year and each way to use them. Our written language is changing whether we like it or not, yet it is still the same thing just more complex. Its evolution is necessary so that we can evolve too.
1- to what extent do we need formality?
-give examples to support
-difficult to follow
I believe that our written language should remain somewhat formal, but evolution and change is okay. Today's generation's have made up almost a completely "new" language. It's made up of different slang, terms, and words that range from lots of different things. The way we read, write, and even talk is 99.9% different than generations above us. I believe that there are different places where formal language is needed, such as when public speaking, writing an essay, paper, etc, or when talking to professionals. Being at work, based on what your career is, I think that talking, reading, and writing should be kept formal. The evolution of our language is just a thing of the time, though. Each generation comes up with different words and terms for their generation, so it's a common thing throughout history. With that being said, evolution of our written language is okay.
3- only use statistics when presented in article
-Last sentence needs to be more powerful with a stronger transition
Formal writing has a time and place that it should be used. If you are just texting your friends and writing a letter to some one then its okay if that text or letter has some slang. Although when we have to be formal than we should be able to compose a formal message or essay correctly. For example if you're trying to get a job and you have to type a little message about why you are the best candidate for the job then you want to be able to sound sophisticated and formal.
2- answers question
-give examples to support
-difficult to follow
Formal language should evolve, change and adapt but it shouldn't change as fast as spoken language does. Formal language is something you use towards people you respect, admire or want to impress. However, change is life, everything that is alive changes, your body replaces cells, you grow, and when you stop changing you die. Adapting to a new environment won't kill formal language, it still will have its place in the world. So unless formal English wants to take the way of the dinosaurs then it needs to change but not lose its original purpose.
2- answers the question
-difficult to follow (1-2 sentences great!, sentence 3 is off topic, sentence 4 is great, sentence 5 is confusing and seemingly off topic)
Our written language should remain pretty formal, for the most part. I feel like when we speak or use text it is alright to not be as formal, but if we are are writing a paper or filling out an application, it should remain formal. It is obviously going to change over the years, so I do think that its evolution is ok. Right now there is slang, which is ok to use when we're talking to one another or texting, as I already said, I just think that there are times when it is not acceptable. When we're in a more formal environment, I think that is when our written language should remain formal.
1- to what extent does formality need to be apparent?
-very repetitive (ideas, "formal", "okay")
-If you write it, you think it. "I think" is unnecessary to convey your thoughts
Is our language getting out of hand? People of this generation love to use slang and are getting used to saying texting terms by shortening words. Many people think it is not good to be informal and that it is getting out of hand. Anyhow, the English language has changed with every generation and most people think it is just okay as long as people know how to speak formally when it is needed such as a job interview or writing a paper. Do you think it is getting bad? Or do you think it is okay as long as they know how to speak formally? This is a big argument for everyone, and it is not one-sided.
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-give your own side. ARGUE! this is your opinion supported by evidence provided
The English language has much evolved over the past few decades. With the introduction of new technologies such as computers, cell phones, and other devices, the English language has transitioned into a very informal language when written. While some interpret this transition poorly, there are some positive outcomes to the evolution of the English language.The transition to a informally written language as stated by the article has, "brought us an explosion of writing by normal people." This means that while writing has become informal, it has allowed many average people to write. Before technology, only certain people would write, and most of their writing was formal. While formal writing may seem to have disappeared, the text states, "It's not that edited, formal writing has disappeared online, it's that it's no surrounded by a vast sea of unedited, unfiltered words."
4- supports thoughts with quotes- explain a bit more but well done
-clearly states side
The formality of our written language should remain at the degree it is today. In certain situations such as schooling, writing a letter, or even speaking to a superior, the English language should remain as it is today. However, I think the rules of English should loosen up in everyday life. The article states, "The internet and mobile devices have brought us an explosion of writing by normal people." The shift from paper to internet has caused a whole new generation to slowly loosen up of the formality of the English language. I believe this to be okay as new slang and acronyms have been introduced to shorten the amount words needed, yet, provide the same understand the proper English uses. An argument to my claim would be that the change in the English language has made our society less intelligent. However, more people than ever are communicating using the English language by typing blogs, articles, or even twitter posts on the internet. In conclusion, the transition of the English language is a good thing in a non formal setting. But, we still need a degree of formality in a school and professional environment.
3- to what degree exactly?
-good quotes-support with own words more
-overuse of "English"
Our written language is bound to evolve but it should always remain formal in some way. In the article, it talks about how people learned how to speak English through other people, but you learned to read/write formally. It also goes on to talk about an emperor was crowned even though he was illiterate. Humans need to be able to understand communication through speaking and writing/reading, so doing it in the most formal way possible is the best way. Books are a popular form of writing and all writers make sure to use their best punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc. No one would read a book or an article that looked like a five year old composed it. All though formal writing has evolved over the years from Shakespeare to J.K Rowling, they, and their team of editors, make sure their work is done neatly and correctly. There is no doubt 100 years from now we will have all new terms and rules for the English language, but it should always be written in a formal style.
4- gets message across well
-paraphrased from text with explanation
-lost a bit of formality on sentence 6
No matter where we look something around us is evolving or already has. Take a laptop for example, were they always fast and easy to use? Were they always small, compact and yet efficient all at the same time? The answer is most likely no because it has evolved into something different than what it was when it was first made. Language is something that is used by nearly every person on the planet and it has always been changing. Our language is currently becoming less and less formal as time goes on. Evolution of the language is not necessarily a bad thing though. As long as we save a small portion of formality in our professional workplaces or environments we can change with it. We are the ones forcing our languages to evolve so that must mean we evolving as well.
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-explain last sentence in depth- does not speak for itself
The english language today has no doubt changed from the english language forty years ago. Now days people are writing and posting new content to the world every single second of the day, forty years ago the only way to reach to the world in writing was through books, newspapers, articles, which took much longer to post then the amount of time it takes a person to send out a tweet. With this easy access to posting to the world, the language has changed. Hardly anyone writes completely formal anymore, they write the way they would talk. The language has evolved to fit with how people are today. The language has kept evolving through time, just because its becoming less formal today, doesn't make the evolution of language not okay.
2- answers question
-be more formal and less conversational
Our written language should remain how it is and evolution is okay. Our written language has been going through evolution since it was made, it's only natural for our language to change along with us. Some may say there isn't any formality anymore but that statement is wrong, there are many ways you can be formal. Humans created it, humans can change it. New ways of being formal come and go. The future will have different words and a different way of speaking to people. Reading an article from one hundred years ago is difficult to read for some because of how different people spoke back then. In another hundred years, people probably won't understand some of our ways of speaking just like we didn't understand the written language before ours. Evolution can bring good and bad things, but some things will happen. Schools may try to keep the way it is but there will always be some one or a group of people that want change. If we can evolve into something greater, why can't our written language do that too.
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-use examples to support your claim
-use stronger vocabulary
In McCulloch's excerpt, he discusses the formalities of writing and how formal our language must remain to be acceptable. Language formalities change through the years. Terminology can evolve throughout time, but there must still be a level of formality to have the ability to communicate with older generations. Formalities must also be present in professional settings. While one may speak in shorthand or use words differently than the dictionary definition online, in a classroom or workplace setting formality must remain to present a mature front to the adults present. Due to the new generations' lack of formality, older generations, commonly geriatrics, look down upon the new use of language. New generations are seen as immature and ignorant to them because they want to be seen and spoken to with respect. Formalities can be the most respectful form of flattery to these older generations.
4- great formal tone, solid support of your original ideas
I'd rework the sentence with "Due..." the structure is tricky
tone at the end comes on a bit too strong- "ignorant/immature"
solid response overall
Some may believe that the generation today is ruining the "proper" English language. Language constantly changed throughout history and will continue to change. There are certain times when one should use informal language and formal language. When writing an essay for school, creating a resume, speaking with teachers or authority, and many more, formal language is the most respectful and proper way to speak and write. When texting a friend or calling a loved one, informal language would not be seen as disrespectful or improper. The article stated that people learn a language domestically which means different people of the same age could have different vocabulary and speaking habits depending on how they heard others speak at a young age. School educates people on proper and formal speaking and writing so we know when to use it and how. The English language can't be ruined as long as schools continue to educate students concerning this topic. There will always be a debate over this topic and both views have interesting and solid views. Languages will forever evolve and have always had a "slang" and formal and informal ways of speaking or writing.
3- good argument
-strong vocab-continue to improve in use
The English language has evolved over generation to generation. Each generation changes it a little bit by their slang or just adding new words or rules. This generation could be ruining the English language by always texting and being on social and never having a human conversation. This can be the point of view some people have, but i think the English language is still evolving but in a different way and also it may seem to some that it is not evolving but it seems that way cause the conversations are being had on social media or through text or changing through people by reading articles. Just cause the older generation evolved it in a different way doesn't mean we are ruining it.
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Formally written communication needs to stay relativity well put together; no slangs or abbreviations. The evolution is fine as it stands right now, because the informal communication is just adapting to how people regularly talk and text in this day and age. For example, in a text from one friend to another about the weather, the message doesn't have to be written in the format of one written to a college professor. And vise versa. Our written language needs to stay formal when necessary. If not, it will snow ball effect and our way of communication will slowly start to fall over the generations after us.
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-answers the question
Over hundreds of years, the English language has been evolving. Still today it is continuing to do so. Some people see this as a bad thing as others see it as good but either way, the evolution will carry on. One of the things that has affected the evolution of English is the internet. SInce the invention, writing has been integrated more and more into the average person's daily life. Some say that formal writing is dying but it's only being used more often. Every text and Facebook post is formal writing which makes it seem as just a regular day to day conversation.
2-to what extent should it remain formal?
I don't believe we need to contemplate whether the English written language needs to stay formal or not because even from the beginning when the words 'thou' and 'thee' were prominent on paper and in mouth there was still an English base that allows us to read those old texts today. Even if written English continues to transform and morph with its vocabulary and punctuation we'll never lose that basic understanding of the story being told. Human eyes and brains will continue to grow and adapt to the upcoming literary evolution that is electronics. English has changed so much over the past decades and we turned out fine, why should we be concerned now.
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Our writing should remain formal, although evolution and change is okay. Informal writing can help us communicate with each other and learn things we wouldn't with super formal writing. Formal writing can help us in professional settings, school, and many other places. The text says, "One type of writing hasn't changed the other." Writing is now both formal and informal and they both can teach us things.
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Our written language has changed and changed, but we have seen formality change in ways that to some look terrible, and to some seem okay because the change is natural. The evolution of our language has continued throughout the time that it was originally constructed though it would seem that the most recent generations are taking it to a new level of change where they forget things like punctuation, grammar, and spelling. The change of our formality in writing, however natural it may be, is not one for the better because of the incorrect use of words and signs. The formality of our language that has been developed is being destroyed, the evolution of the language is okay because it is natural; however, when the natural evolution turns to destruction it must be stopped. Therefore, the recent evolution is a change that should be slowed, because our formal language is something that has been molded and nurtured for generations, but the new change coming to this cared for style of writing has turned from preservation and more toward unnecessary change.
2- good argument
-slightly difficult to follow
Our written language should be allowed to evolve. People have been creating new slang for generations, and using this new language is just fine. However, there is a right time and place for everything, and we should hold onto our formal language for those times, such as when giving a speech, or writing a research paper.
2- good argument
-needs evidence to support argument
Evolution is part of society, it is the result of us adapting to new environments. In McCulloch's article, "Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language" she questions the controversial idea of informal language. Everything evolves, even language. Language changes based on the people and their understanding and how they want to remember things. The way some words are presented have changed with the familiarity of the word, such as thou. No one really says thou anymore unless they are reading or speaking Shakespeare. Many people identify with "you" rather than thou, which blandly mean the same thing. The written language has always had a formal and informal way to create it, although most only use informal when speaking or texting. Formal language has not completely disappeared though, it is still associated with businesses and news sites. Although the informal written language has spread to surround these sources as said by Gretchen McCulloch, "it's that it's now surrounded by a vast sea of unedited, unfiltered words that once might have only been spoken." Informal language is spreading but we still have the necessary boundaries for formal language to be shown. The written language is evolving and this is how things will be known to this generation and the next, unless it successfully evolves again.
4- good argument
-good example with explanation
In an increasingly literate world the argument for and against the rise of informal writing has become increasingly prevalent. So now even the average person has an opinion for or against informal writing, some believe that it represents the downfall of polite society and others believe it is simply the next natural step for written language to take. Personally, I take the side of those who see it as part of the natural evolution of the English language.
In the third paragraph McCulloch states "We learned to read a formal kind of language that pretends the past century or two of the English language hasn't really happened, which presents words and books to us cut off from the living people who created them, which downplays the alchemy of two people tossing thoughts back and forth in perfect balance.", to me, personally, this is true and it is more harmful than altering a few rules here and there in order to represent the way we talk now.
When Shakespeare was writing he was revolutionary because he wrote in the language of the people and his stories were accessible. In this same sense writing in laymens terms is often more beneficial to more people than writing in excessively formal language is.
This is not to say that we shouldn't ever write formally, there is a time and place for everything and writing a research report like you're talking to a friend isn't proper, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be able to write in a conversational manner when posting to Facebook or messaging a friend either.
4- good argument
-good examples with explanations!
The English language has been evolving since its beginning. There are words that people said a hundred years ago that would seem odd to say today. Some may say that teens today are way too relaxed with how they talk. However the way they talked when they were young still is not the same as it was when there parents were young. Also the way teens communicate through text, is not the same as they communicate verbally or through writing, teens wont use the abbreviated version of words in their everyday writing.
1- How do you feel about this? We need your opinion!
The English language still has formality so that everyone can understand it, yet different age groups have their own words that they have made up to better understand the language. The artical states " It's not that edited, formal writing has disappeared online, it's that it's now surrounded by a vast sea of unedited, unfiltered words that once might have only been spoken." This quote shows that the language hasn't changed, there are just more unedited and unfiltered words. An example in real life is a blog, blogs are edited by people and not published, so the formality is going to be less formal, than what most people want it to be.
3- good argument
-good examples and explanation
I think how formal our writing should be depend on where we are writing. If we are writing a document for school or work it need to have a very formal language. On the other hand if you are tweet about your feelings I don't see the need to write in a completely formal language. Of course it is always helpful to just naturally write in a formal language because you look and seem more professional, you seem more educated, and you seem like you care about what you are talking about more because you would have to think about what you are saying more.
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I believe the English language should remain relatively formal. However I also think that that English language should be open to change and progress daily. In certain settings the "newer" language such as slang should not be present such as when writing papers or even talking to a superior. This being said it is important to consider the situation before proceeding with or without the more "formal" approach.
The English language is something that everyone is taught all throughout their school career. In school we are taught the formal way of talking and writing things like essays. Even in this response to this question, every answer is presented in a formal way. So obviously there is a time and place for the formal way of English. However, not every person speaks every single sentence they ever say in the formal way of talking or writing. It is easy to use shorter versions of words or slang to convey your point in a quicker manner. Evolution is inevitable in every aspect of life. So, why should the English language or the way we talk on a day to day basis be treated any differently.
2- good argument
- needs support