The most important language features that you should know

Academic English, Learn English

Have you ever read an English article or read a social media post and said,” Wow, that was such a fantastic piece of writing!” Or wondered why you aren’t scoring well in your English language papers? Chances are, you aren’t employing the language features appropriately. If you do not understand the language features, the text structures and how to engage with them, you have come to the right blog!

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What are Language Features in English?

A word or expression that adds meaning to your language, improves its quality or enhances your expression is called a language feature. It can be a noun, an adjective, a figure of speech, a particular word or a sentence structure. The choice of a language expression depends on the type of text you are writing, the audience you are writing it for, the topic, etc. There are many language features in the English language; necessary functional skills. But, wait! Before you think you can't cope with a long list of them, let us assure you that most of these features you are already aware of, and many are easy to use.

The list of language features

Language is a vast subject. Also, it keeps evolving. The list of language features can be a bit overwhelming, so the most appropriate ones for you have been discussed by Edulyte’s experts here. These include: 

Language features, their effects and examples

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How will language features help me?

So you think only an English language/literature student should learn about the language features? Well, it is a misconception that you should get rid of immediately.

As you have seen from the examples above, language features are applied to our day to day life. So a firm grasp on them improves your communication skills and makes you more confident.

Language features can effectively deliver information and notions. For example, you can convey what you wish to an audience or a reader and make them understand your thoughts or the information.

Language features, once mastered, are excellent support for you. They are your reliable allies in churning out well-written speeches, stories, poems, and every written text. As a result, expressions become refined, your writing becomes persuasive, and your ability to observe and write becomes sharp.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to find language features in a text?

To find the language features in a text, you must know what they are and how to use them. Certain texts will have specific language features like a speech will have rhetoric, a poem will have metaphors and similies, etc.

Why are language features used?

That is a good question. It would be best to use them in your written and verbal communication because they make your communication effective. You can express yourself better, put forth your ideas clearly and make others comprehend your thoughts better. Also, they are a great tool to help you score well in your English language exams and tests.

How to explain the effect of language features?

The effect of language features makes the reader want to read more. You feel the impact of language features when immersed in the text and visualise everything the narrator presents. When you can feel the emotions or understand the writer's point of view, you can clearly say that you are under the effect of the language features used in the text.

Which language features are not formal?

Informal language features mean the use of:

  • nonstandard English
  • colloquial vocabulary 
  • shorter sentence structures.
  • less use of personal pronouns

Are language features and techniques the same?

These terms are used interchangeably. Language features enable us to present our ideas in forms: formal, persuasive essays, speech, poems, reports, etc. Language techniques are the words and phrases used in a text to emphasise the topic or a theme. 

Language features are the specific language techniques that an author includes to create meaning.

What is satire?

Satire is a term heard often in English classes. It means the use of humour to express your dislike for an ideology, a situation or a person.

How can using puns in my writing help me?

 A pun is a great way of using your vocabulary skills. A pun uses a word to tell something else from its actual meaning. Your writing becomes witty with this language feature.

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