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English Language

Paper 2: Writing

Understanding 19th Century Writing


19th century writing is usually quite formal, whereas modern writing is usually much more conversational in comparison.

c.19th language is usually much more verbose, too – meaning that the text is usually very wordy and overly-complicated. Think how elaborately they dressed back then – lots of fine lace, layers, hats, gloves etc. – so their language was just as ornate and over the top at their clothes!

The vocabulary tended to be more complex too; used more polysyllabic words in their writing (as in words with more than one syllable) and Latin Root Words, as in words based on latin.

For instance they might use “abbreviate” instead of “short” or “generate” instead of “start” or “elevate” instead of “lift”.

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