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An example use of formal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
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Formal means of or relating to a formal occasion or to the formality of a social situation.
the word formal occurs in english on average 20.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that formal can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;