Group of young friends having fun and smiling
In some situations, informal language is acceptable.

Grade 4 Speaking / Listening - Formal and Informal English

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There will be times when students need to speak formally. Other times it is fine to speak informally. Students will need to determine when to speak these ways and also focus on the words they are speaking. In this quiz, students will determine the situation where they can speak formally and informally.

1.
"Are you for real?"
Where would you see this comment?
When talking to friends at your locker
During a report
When recounting an experience in front of the class
In a narrative
Since this is an informal comment, it should take place in an informal setting
2.
"Nashville is located in Tennessee."
Where would you see this comment?
Between three friends
With classmates in a small group
At recess
In a report
This is a formal comment and it should be in a formal setting
3.
"Ms. Finley addressed the problem."
Where would you see this comment?
In a small group discussion
At the lunch table
In a persuasive essay
Among friends
This would take place in a formal setting
4.
"My dog crashed after running around all day."
Where would you see this comment?
In an essay
When telling a story at a club meeting
When telling a story to the class
When telling a story to your young neighbor
This is an informal comment using a slang word
5.
"Text me with your answer."
Where would you see this comment?
During a presentation
Between two friends
Between a group of adults
In a speech
This is an informal comment and should take place in an informal setting
6.
"My sis is going to a party."
Where would you see this comment?
When speaking to a teacher
During a speech
When with a best friend
When recalling an experience in front of the class
The comment would be made in an informal setting
7.
"The president of the club answered the question."
Where would you see this comment?
Between friends
At a sports event
When recounting an experience
When talking with your neighbor
This would occur in a formal setting
8.
"Don't bother me."
Where would you see this comment?
Between student and teacher
In a short story you will be turning in to the teacher
In a persuasive essay
Between a brother and sister
This would take place in an informal setting
9.
"Cell phones are a technological device."
Where would you see this comment?
At the lunch table with friends
In an informative essay
Between sisters
Between cousins
This would be found in an essay
10.
"Friends should hang out together."
Where would you see this comment?
Between friends
During a presentation
In a report
Addressing the president of a club
This would take place between friends since it is informal
Author:  Amy Flanders

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