An important part of writing well is choosing the right vocabulary to use. The words we use are like the clothes we wear, they make an impression on the person who reads them.

To help you to sound more professional when writing business or formal pieces of writing (e.g. emails, letters, reports, proposals etc...) and to use vocabulary which the majority of people will understand, I have created the below vocabulary list.

In this list are 24 basic/simple words in English. When you press/click on any of the words, you will find a selection of formal and polite equivalents (synonyms) of it that you can use in your writing to make it and you sound more professional.

In addition to this word list, you will also find below it a phrase/sentence list. In this you will find set formal phrases and sentences that you can use in your emails and letters and an explanation of when and how to use them.



When to use the lists

You can use these lists anytime you want, but I recommend that you use them to improve the vocabulary in your piece of writing after you have written it. Doing one thing at a time is essential for writing both well and quickly.

To quickly learn how to write over 20 different types of emails, letters and other types of business and formal types of pieces of writing go to our online exercise menu on writing emails/letters.