Q) How has the writer of the text used style and language to convey meanings. By Mahum Ali Awan


The given passage is called “Getting Lost” written by Matt Inman, it is a  semi-formal narration, similar to a journal or blog, about how the writer gets lost in a city called Daejeon on his way to Boseong Green Tea Fields in Korea. The language of the text is slightly colloquial and humorous. The purpose of the passage is to educate people on ‘going with the flow’ and not to lose their heads if they get lost in a new city. The audience towards which this passage is directed, consists of mostly travelers and adventurers or someone who recently moved to an entirely new city. 

Firstly, the writer uses a unique register to convey his thoughts about his travels by using words and phrases such as “virtually non-existent”, “relish”, “mini-journey” and “invigorated”. By the usage of such a vocabulary, the passage becomes more elaborate and entertaining for the reader.. Even though these words do not mean much individually they contribute greatly in engaging the reader. 

Secondly, the author also showcases his skills when, “(my battery was close to dying)” and “(Daejeon)”. This use of parentheses helps in giving the reader some extra information that may not be very important but still gives the reader a small form of entertainment. 

The language of the passage is slightly colloquial and progresses from negativity to positivity from the beginning to end of the text. For example; “picture me limping around a completely foreign city”, “I got utterly lost” and “let go of expectations”. These are just a few extracts of how the author has casually told the reader of his experience of getting lost. These examples make the passage more enjoyable for the reader.

Additionally, the author also makes use of rhetorical questions, “Where would have been the fun int hat?” and “would that have helped my situation?”. The use of this rhetorical device invokes a thought of questioning in the reader and makes the largest contribution to engaging the reader in the text. The author also uses statistics to make the text more authentic for the reader such as “11pm, six hours later”, this makes the passage more reliable.

Furthermore, the writer uses a variety of sentence types to convey his feelings, such as compound, complex and simple sentences. For example: “I hopped on the bus and tried to relax with a book.” and “I tried to ask the bus driver … he was of no help to me.” The usage of these sentence types makes the passage easier to understand and gives the reader more information in a concise way.

In conclusion, the author of this text has made use of various tools to convey his adventure in a compact and concise way, and has successfully used devices to make the text interesting and entertaining.


About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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