What do bold & italics mean in written English?
One of the challenges with mastering English is that spoken English is very different from written English.
In spoken English, important words are spoken LOUDER and slooooower.
In writing, the writer is limited in this area. How does a writer communicate to the reader which words he thinks are the most important?
In formal writing, the writer can choose a word with a stronger meaning.
In informal writing, when the writer wants to emphasize (or focus on) a word, they will sometimes put the word in bold print, or italics.
If you are reading aloud, and you see a word in bold or italics, you should make your voice a little louder, and stretch the vowel sound in the stressed syllable.
See example: And I am not super fit.
In this example, Laura wanted to emphasis the contrast between her fitness and Gord’s, so she wrote not in bold letters. You should read it louder and slower for emphasis.
Writing two similar sentences together, and then adding not (in bold, for emphasis) adds a little humour to the story:
e.g., Gord is super fit. … And I am not super fit.
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