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What does the word 'register' mean in the context?

Discussion in 'English' started by scorching, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. scorching

    scorching New commenter


    I have attached a pdf file which is Cambridge IGCSE official file for the subject First Language English 0500.

    On page 14, five writing objectives are listed.

    The Coursework Portfolio tests the following writing assessment objectives (65 marks):
    W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined
    W2 organise and structure ideas and opinions for deliberate effect
    W3 use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate to context
    W4 use register appropriate to context
    W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

    What does the word 'register' mean in the context?


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  2. katykook

    katykook Occasional commenter

    I would take it to mean tone as in formal/informal etc.
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  3. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    Yep, what katykook said. Though I think choice of tense and voice/person comes into it too, especially in narrative writing.
    I have to say, when I'm marking this, I usually just grade W4 as whatever I've graded W3 as: if they haven't got the vocabulary to create an effective voice or write formally, then they probably haven't got the register right either.

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