Will unis think that using ott vocab would be acting fake, would they rather a to-the-point clear ps which is quite simple? (Like saying portentous instead of momentous)
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should I use complex volcabulary in my personal statement? watch
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- 14-10-2017 01:38
- 14-10-2017 01:53
There's no reason to use overtly complicated language but at the same time show you do have a good use and understanding of English etc. It's more about the content I would assume.
- 14-10-2017 02:19
Using unusual vocabulary doesn't of itself demonstrate anything other than that you have access to a thesaurus. Going out of your way to use what I'll call 'difficult' words at best makes your writing less clear, harder to follow, and, therefore, less impactful. At worst, you may end up using your difficult words slightly wrongly and end up looking silly (cf Russell Brand). For example, 'momentous' and 'portentous' mean different things, and, funnily enough, one of the meanings of 'portentous' listed in some of the online dictionaries I looked at on my brief google is ' too serious and trying to be very important', which happens to be how you'll risk coming across if you go too far with difficult vocabulary.
Keep your language as simple and to-the-point as you can. Tutors will be far more impressed with that than with what you're proposing.
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- 14-10-2017 10:44
Only use vocabulary you know you are using appropriately and without sounding like you've used a thesaurus every other word- I.e. it should sound natural