Do you use 'moreover' and 'furthermore' in conversation?

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  1. callmedan

    callmedan Friendly Stranger Veteran

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    As the title said, do you use them in conversation? An English teacher told me stop using 'moreover' and 'furthermore' in conversation because they are very very formal. Really? I'm not native English speaker btw.
     
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    I typically only use them in written English. In spoken English, I use "however" far more often. I can't speak for everyone, but I do see those words as being a bit more formal. I wouldn't look at you like you had two heads, though.
     
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    Not so much in everyday conversation. They definitely have the tone of a formal declaration or speech, and aren't words I would use in common conversation with friends/acquaintances.
     
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    Thank you! :D
     
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    Agreed, they are more formal than everyday speech, but like Ms. Littlefish said, I don't think you're going to get weird looks about it. If you had a formal speech or presentation, they might be used sparingly. Good alternatives are "also", "in addition", "and", "plus".
     
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    "Nevertheless" is also a formal word; I think it fits in a similar category. English teachers told me not to use it, but most people don't care.
     
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    "Furthermore" sounds like something I would say. Honestly I like speaking formally. I even spell out full words on text messages.
     
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    Interestingly enough, many ESL students (or just non-native speakers) use those kinds of words very often because most English courses overseas do emphasize the use of formal connectors in writing, so we tend to repeat them and use them as much as we can in daily-life conversation to memorize them, though I think it wouldn't be weird to hear it from a native speaker
     
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    I didn't know moreover was a word. Never seen it before. I do use furthermore quite a bit in conversation, or more accurately whenever the sentence structure tells me it's the only appropriate word (although it's pretty obvious from that sentence I don't take grammar too seriously).
     
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    I use 'moreover' quite frequently, particularly when I try to explain something. I don't see anything wrong with it really. It's a nice way to add another point to reinforce the argument you're making.
     
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    It's true that they are pretty formal- but there's nothing wrong with that! I often use more formal dialect online, but irl I have quite the country Australian accent so it's hard for people to understand me to begin with, so I avoid the larger words when actually speaking.
     
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