What are formality markers?

Each example sentence in our system is marked as Casual, Formal, Textbook Casual, or Textbook Formal.

By paying attention to these markers, you can, for example, get a sense for which sentences are appropriate to use with friends (Casual), which sentences should be used when talking to teachers and bosses (Formal), and which sentences people wouldn't normally say but that you might encounter in written Japanese, on a test, etc. (Textbook Casual & Textbook Formal).

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