Essay: Formal, Semi-Formal and Informal Essays explained

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Academic Questions in English

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For this question and the three questions below, choose the option that best completes the sentence.

The doctor _____ the illness as malaria, not dysentery.

  • A. Discovered

  • B. Diagnosed

  • C. Tested

  • D. Examined

  • E. Announced

  • F. Prescribed

The principal reacted to the disrespectful action of the student with strong _____.

  • A. Indignation

  • B. Condemnation

  • C. Accusation

  • D. Demonstration

  • E. Mobilization

  • F. Impunity

Since the writer did not indicate his name, the editor did not publish such a/an _____ article.

  • A. Poor

  • B. Libellous

  • C. Discourteous

  • D. Impolite

  • E. Anonymous

  • F. Scandalous

The play was so interesting that the _____ clapped for a long time at the end.

  • A. Congregation

  • B. Fans

  • C. Spectators

  • D. Audience

  • E. Watchers

  • F. People

Answer true of false with regards to the sentence below:

'Humility' is a noun and 'Humble' is an adjective

  • A. True

  • B. False

A part of a sentence or clause that contains a verb and something concerning the subject within that sentence is termed a/an _____.

  • A. Predicate

  • B. Object

  • C. Adverbial clause

  • D. Adverbial phrase

  • E. Half clause

  • F. Body of adverbial clause

The acronym Wi-Fi stands for _____.

  • A. Wireless Files

  • B. Wireless Flips

  • C. Wireless Fidelity

  • D. Wireless Freedom

  • E. Wireless and Free

  • F. Wireless Fun

The words massacre and bloodbath are _____.

  • A. Antonyms

  • B. Synonyms

  • C. Homonyms

  • D. Homophones

  • E. Heteronyms

  • F. Heterophone

What are Essays?

Often times as students, we are asked to write essays. The word 'essay' is derived from the Latin word 'exagium', which means 'to present one’s case'.

An essay is defined as a short piece of writing on a particular subject; with an expression on one's perspective or point of view.

Through an essay, one is able to:

  • Narrate an experience

  • Present his or her side of a story

  • Tell a story

  • Explain or expose some hidden details about a story

Generally, essays are expressed or written in 3 forms. These are:

  1. Formally (Formal Essays)

  2. Informally (Informal Essays)

  3. Semi-formally (Semi-formal Essays)


  • Formal Essays

Formal essays are not personal. In terms of writing, they usually follow a specific form, structure and pattern, although this may still vary based on the type of essay.

To properly write a formal essay, the subject of such essay becomes the main focus; thus there is no need for excessive salutation or 'beating around the bush' in this form of essay writing.

We will often write formal essays for official, professional, governmental or academic purposes. Take for instance, when one sees an employment opening for his or her dream job, such person will need to write a formal essay to the hiring manager.

It is worthy of note to state that slangs, idiomatic expressions and colloquialism are not required when writing a formal essay.

Please read on slangs and other figures of speech here.

In the course of writing a formal essay, it is recommended not to use the 'first person pronouns' as a form of reference.

First person pronoun include words like: 'I, We, He, She' and so on. Consider the instance below:

Also, it is recommended we avoid contraction or shortening of words in formal essays. For instance:

Formal essays are polite in writing and neutral in style. The salutation in formal essays will typically begin with 'Dear Sir / Madam' and end with 'Yours Faithfully' followed by your signature and your name.


  • Informal Essays

Informal essays do not follow a specified set of structure. This is so because they are typically written to a friend, relative or a family member.

Since they are often personal, an informal essay may contain some element of humor. To this end, slang, idiomatic expressions and contractions can be used here because you are are writing to a friend or loved one.

Please read more on idioms here.

The salutation of an informal essay will usually begin with 'Dear Name' and end with something special; for instance, 'Yours Ever', 'Yours Truly' and so on.


  • Semi-formal Essays

Semi-formal essays have some of the characteristics of formal and an informal essay. They are generally written to groups we know about and are part of.

Such written essays will be read to the members of such group. Take for instance, one who belongs to a group may write a semi-formal essay to such group regarding an assignment, a project or a report.

You can read on phrases and clauses here.

It is worthy of note to state that slogans associated with the group may be included in a semi-formal essay. This makes a lot of sense since the slogan used is considered as an official language in the specific group to which the essay is addressed.

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Amazing facts in English

The word pangram refers to a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet. Below is an example of a pangram:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

The word Paraskevidekatriaphobia means the fear of Friday the 13th, while Triskaidekaphobia means an extreme fear of the number 13

Angry and Hungry are the only two English words that currently ends in '-gry'

The only English word with five consecutive vowels is 'queueing'

The dot on the top of letter ‘i’ is called a tittle

The sentence below uses every letter in the English alphabet:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

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The furry tufts of hair inside a cat's ear are called ear furnishings

There are only four words in the English language that end in 'dous'. These are:

  • Tremendous 

  • Horrendous

  • Stupendous

  • Hazardous

The only English word that ends with the letters 'mt' is dreamt and its derivatives; that is: undreamt, daydreamt, and redreamt

Los Angeles is America's second largest city. It's original name is 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula'. In English language, this means: 'Town of our Lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciúncula'

Notable points in English

Homonyms are words with the same spellings, same sounds but different meanings.

Below are some sentences containing homonyms with their respective meanings:

  • Keen

We have a keen match against Ronaldo’s team and Messi seems to be keen.

Keen: An involvement of people competing very hard for something.

Keen: Very interested in something.

  • Tear

Regardless the tear you shed, Mr. Frank will still tear your examination scripts.

Tear: The drop of liquid that comes out from a person's eye when they cry.

Tear: To damage something by pulling or cutting it apart.

  • Jot

There isn't any jot of truth in what he said, so I didn't jot anything down.

Jot: A very small amount of something

Jot: To write something quickly

Please read more on homonyms here

Certain words in English language appear to be similar but are quite different in meaning.

The table below shows some examples:











Synonyms should not be confused with the above instance. They are different words with similar meanings.

Please read more on synonyms here.

Some words always exist in the plural form. Examples of such words are:

  • Scissors
  • Shears
  • Alms
  • News
  • Trousers

Possessive adjective tells you the owner of a thing. For instance;

This is his car.

'His' in the above statement is describing him as the owner of the car; and this makes 'his' a possessive adjective.

That is your bag.

'Your' is a possessive adjective in the above statement.

Note: An adjective is a word that describes a noun.

Possessive pronouns show possession.

A possessive pronoun will always correspond with each of the personal pronouns. For Instance:

I own the book. ('I' is a personal pronoun)

The book is mine. ('Mine' is the possessive pronoun)

She owns a car. ('She' is a personal pronoun)

The car is hers. ('Hers' is the possessive pronoun)