Does using harder English help gain more respect during conversation or in writing?

It is always taught to use simple English in day-to-day life and I follow it carefully. As a student in IT sector, I use simple English myself as this particular industry does not revolve around beautiful English, rather the core subject only. In my spare time, I write articles and ebooks for various clients through a website. But it is my personal observation that, not only non-native people, but also native people are more inclined to those articles which include most of the so-called sophisticated words. They reject those articles easily which use simple and normal English; yet makes no delay in accepting articles with hard English.


Thinking from non-native mindset, using harder English can help getting more respect as it shows the knowledge level of the speaker in a foreign language. However, I can not see any logic for native people to be inclined to harder English. Is this phenomena an exception? Or it has some base?

Answer

It depends on the motivation. Some words do a better job of more accurately conveying a specific meaning. For example, space is big; so is a Hummer. But it would better to say that space is vast and Hummers are roomy. I wouldn’t talk about the roominess of space or the vastness of Hummers. So, in this case I’m not using fancier words just to sound more erudite, I’m using them because they are more accurate and descriptive.

On the other hand, if someone uses a more “sophisticated” word when a simpler one will do just fine, that can sound pretentious and off-putting.

The end goal, usually, is to strive for simplicity over complexity, and accuracy over ambiguity. Don’t be afraid to use sophisticated words when they add depth to your sentences, or clarity of meaning and intent.

Native people are more inclined to those articles which include most of the so-called sophisticated words… using harder English can help getting more respect as it shows the knowledge level of the speaker

I don’t think people is quite correct. For one, people aren’t naturally drawn toward articles with more sophisticated words, but they may be drawn toward articles that are well-written. Command of language and a depth of vocabulary can make someone’s writing more interesting to read. Also, using a harder English word won’t buy a non-native any additional respect if the word isn’t used properly – in fact, quite the opposite might happen.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Mistu4u , Answer Author : J.R.

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