Inappropriate word usage for formal writing


how can I make the "you" in more formal writing?

See example:

In your entries, you have been showing interest to learn new and rich expressions, but at the same time I would like and encourage you to try to understand them while using them in your life and writing.
asked Feb 12 '13 at 05:14 Faiza New member

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Formal writing should almost always be written in the third person perspective.  The writer should not insert himself (I) or the reader (you) into the paper.  Your sentence has additional problems.  It is a run-on sentence.  The second part of your sentence doesn’t make a lot of sense.  If the person is interested in learning, do you need to encourage them to try to understand?  Isn’t that what the person is already doing if he is interested in learning? Perhaps you are trying to communicate something like this:


These entries show an interest in learning new and rich expressions.  Practice and use of these expressions will increase understanding. 

link comment answered Feb 12 '13 at 12:13 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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