01. Dress for this evening is [formal]: shirts and ties for the men, dresses for women.
02. He felt a bit strange at the party because he was dressed [formally], and everyone else was wearing jeans.
03. Your marks are so high that you have already passed the course. Writing the final exam is really just a [formality].
04. The students had a [formal] dinner at the end of the program to celebrate their graduation.
05. The Prime Minister is apparently going to call an election, but a [formal] announcement has not yet been made.
06. She was an excellent musician despite the fact that she had no [formal] training.
07. Jim Rohn once remarked that [formal] education will make you a living, whereas self-education will make you a fortune.
08. Albert Einstein once said that it is a miracle that curiosity survives [formal] education.
09. He is a very stiff and [formal] person who never seems able to relax.
10. Relationships between students and teachers is much more [formal] in my country than here in New Zealand.
11. My English is quite [informal]; I use a lot of slang, and I don't always speak very clearly.
12. When learning a second language, [informal] exposure to the language in its natural setting is an important factor.
13. Research shows that individuals and groups within an organization do not always act in ways predicted by [formalized] rules and structures.
14. Studies show that about 80% of the care and support that older people receive comes from [informal] sources, particularly family members.
15. Even though you may not know the [formal] rules of your own language, you know a lot about its grammar, and you can use that knowledge when studying a second language.
16. Meals are not a [formality] in Nigeria, and family members do not necessarily dine together.
17. In 1988, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [formally] recognized the existence of the State of Israel.
18. In May of 1846, the U.S. government [formally] declared war on Mexico, although fighting had begun days earlier.
19. The border between the newly independent countries has now been [formalized].
20. The new position has just been posted as a [formality]. The boss assured me that I would get it.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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