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''Take root...'' Is the idiom ''take root'' considered to be informal? Can I use it in a formal conversation or writing?
Jul 14, 2019 8:50 PM
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yes it can be used informally and formally and in academic papers even in newspapers and on television media reports. It is fully colloquial and not in a slang sense that many people mistakenly refer to as slang, bad or incorrect usage. This is a good description explaining that. SYNONYM STUDY 1, 2. Colloquial, conversational, informal refer to types of speech or to usages not on a formal level. Colloquial is often mistakenly used with a connotation of disapproval, as if it meant “vulgar” or “bad” or “incorrect” usage, whereas it is merely a familiar style used in speaking and writing. Conversational refers to a style used in the oral exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.: an easy conversational style. Informal means without formality, without strict attention to set forms, unceremonious: an informal manner of speaking; it describes the ordinary, everyday language of cultivated speakers.
July 14, 2019
It's more poetic than casual.
July 14, 2019
Yes, it is can be used in both formal and informal contexts. It can be used in writing (academic papers) as well. It is not slang but is very colloquial in use.
July 14, 2019
It can be used in both formal and informal language.
July 14, 2019
Luiz
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