Vocabulary differences in formal and informal styles

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Informal Style Formal Style
Use everyday language, e.g.
ask about (something)...
ask for (something)
buy(something)

say sorry (for something)
swap(something)
tell(someone something)
think about(something)
write to/phone(someone)

Use specific vocabulary, e.g.
enquire about(something)
request(something
purchase(something)
Apologise for(something)
exchange(something)
inform/advise(someone)
consider(something)
contact(someone)