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An example use of optional in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… an optional it is very easy to inscri …”
Optional means not required or not necessary.
the word optional occurs in english on average 15.3 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 optional can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) communication, information, and media;