Is it true that "formal" is a combination of "serious" and "polite"?
- yet-knish!Lv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
No, I wouldn't say that was true. I don't think politeness is really part of it.
Formal : following or according with established form, custom, or rule
lacked formal schooling
a formal dinner party
- 1 month ago
No, it is not true.
- robert2020Lv 62 months ago
That's one use. There are two.
1. Can mean done according to a set of proscribbed rules. A formal education.
2. Something with a structure and manners. A formal dinner party.( this is a common use)Source(s): Native American English speaker for 68 years
- ?Lv 72 months ago
Not in language use. "Formal" usually refers to specific forms preferred in an academic or professional environment. You can be just as rude in formal language as you can be polite in casual language. Those are separate issues.