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Words to Describe Tone

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I have been asked to comment on the tone of a piece, and I'm not sure where to start. What does one say about tone?

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This solution provides adjectives for the word "tone".

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There are a number of adjectives that can be used to describe tone:

Formal: Formal tone suggests serious content, occasion, and audience by using the most traditional grammatical forms of a language and word choice that reflects awareness of tradition and education.

Informal: Introduces the personal, and may attempt to record in writing the types of phrases more typical of every day speech within the community, the conversational. First and second person pronouns are often add to an informal tone. At some point, if enough choices are made that break from what has been considered traditional, formal ...

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