Is it true that "formal" is a combination of "serious" and "polite"?

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    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

          formal attire

  • 1 month ago

    No, it is not true.

  • 2 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
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    Lv 7
    2 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. 

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