Differences between Spoken English and Written English

There are some very notable dif­fer­ences between writ­ten and spo­ken Eng­lish. Spo­ken Eng­lish, as a lan­guage is quite relaxed. This means that in many occa­sions peo­ple speak and their Eng­lish gram­mar is not quite cor­rect. Often peo­ple will say things like, ‘If I was a boy’ which does not sound too gram­mat­i­cally incor­rect, but in writ­ten form it looks slightly odd. The rea­son is that ‘if’ is already a ‘wish­ing word’ and, as such, needs the sub­junc­tive tense to be used. So the proper writ­ten form of this sen­tence is, ‘If I were a boy’. It is also notable that when one is writ­ing, he/she tends to use words that would not nor­mally be used when speak­ing about the same subject.

Differences between Spoken English and Written English

Dif­fer­ences between Spo­ken Eng­lish and Writ­ten English

It is thus easy when speak­ing Eng­lish to get away with not hav­ing very good gram­mar, but this will show up when the same words are writ­ten down. If one is learn­ing Eng­lish, it is impor­tant to try to make sure that gram­mar is checked. You should make sure that when you are speak­ing Eng­lish you pay atten­tion to gram­mar and gram­mat­i­cal issues. When writ­ing in Eng­lish, ensure that you always check your gram­mar, either using an online gram­mar check­ing pack­age, or just by going through it. But the gram­mar checker is much more reliable.

Try­ing to speak Eng­lish as it is writ­ten helps you make sure that you don’t allow your stan­dard of gram­mar to slip. In spo­ken lan­guage, every­thing we talk will give some mean­ing and the lis­tener is not par­tic­u­lar about the gram­mat­i­cal cor­rect­ness of the lan­guage. He/she is inter­ested only to get the sub­ject but when it comes to writ­ten Eng­lish, every­body will keenly observe all these things and a small mis­take, becomes a big issue. In my opin­ion, peo­ple who write good Eng­lish will def­i­nitely increase their spo­ken Eng­lish skills.

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2 Responses to “Differences between Spoken English and Written English”

  1. eshwari says:

    i not under­stad­ing elish

    • admin says:

      Hi esh­wari,

      You have made a mis­take in con­struct­ing your sen­tence “i not under­stad­ing elish”. It should be writ­ten as “I am not under­stand­ing your English”.

      1. When­ever you are using present par­tici­ple [v4] form a of a verb (under­stand­ing is the verb here) , you have to use an aux­il­iary verb before it.
      2. Usage of ‘Eng­lish’ world alone is con­fus­ing in the abive com­ment. The “Eng­lish” should be somone’s eng­lish. It can be either my Eng­lish or gen­eral Eng­lish lan­guage or some­thing else. Also, it would be bet­ter if you spec­ify what part of Eng­lish are you not under­stand­ing (gram­mar, sen­tence for­ma­tion etc), so that I can help you precisely.


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