Power English Posted by Gabriele on Aug 24, 2014 in English Language
Informal English is fine to use when talking to your friends, family, or traveling as a tourist, but what about when you really want to make a good impression on someone or when you are using English for business? These are times when you will want to use more formal English, or what I call, “power English.”
Let’s take a look at how you can make your informal English more powerful for use in business and formal interactions. In all of the examples below, you will see that a simple or basic word in English is upgraded to a more formal word to make a more powerful statement. Learning some of these more powerful words will help make your English more formal for times when this is necessary.
Informal English transformed to “Power English”:
I got your message. —> I received your message.
I asked for this on Tuesday. —> I requested this on Tuesday.
I need some help. —> I require your assistance.
We’ll talk about this later. —> We will discuss this at another time.
James needs to get in touch with the manager. —> James needs to contact the manager.
Pam has to put off the meeting another day. —> Pam needs to postpone the meeting another day.
Please make sure the report is turned in by 5pm. —> Please ensure the report is submitted by 5pm.
Can you give me your phone number? —> Can you provide me with your phone number?
Let me know when you are leaving. —> Please inform me when you are leaving.
The other team needs to say they are sorry for us to move forward. —> The other team needs to apologize for us to move forward.
Can you tell me why you made this choice? —> Can you explain why you made this decision?
Today we are going to talk more about the up coming merger. —> Today we are going to elaborate on the upcoming merger.
How are we going to fix this problem? —> How are we going to solve this problem?
The deal has been called off. —> The deal has been cancelled.
Here is a summary of the transformations that took place in the sentences above. The informal words are listed first and their formal, more powerful, synonyms are next.
get/got = receive/received
ask = request
need = require
put off = postpone
talk about = discuss
get in touch = contact
turn in = submit
give = provide
know = inform
say sorry = apologize
tell why = explains
talk more about = elaborate
fix = solve/resolve
call off = cancel
Can you think of any other simple informal words that have more formal or powerful synonyms, if so add them to the list!
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