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When to use Cursive Writing – American English – American Culture

When to use Cursive Writing – American English – American Culture


Hi. I’m Denise. Thank you for watching my
video. Today I want to talk about when to use cursive writing. You can use cursive writing
at almost any time. The only time I would suggest that you don’t use it is when you
are filling out a form. For example, you may be filling out a job application form. You
may be filling out a form for an apartment rental or for many other reasons, and when
you do, you usually want to write very neatly and printing is often neater than cursive
writing. So, when you fill out a form, I would suggest that you use printing and don’t
use cursive writing. Also, sometimes machines are used to read the content of forms, and
they would also have an easier time of reading your writing if you use printed letters. When
children first learn to write, they are taught to print, and after they’ve learned to print,
then they are taught to write in cursive, so people generally have the impression that
cursive writing is a more mature writing style. It also is usually faster and smoother writing.
So if a person is taking notes in school or in a meeting or in any other situation, that
person would probably want to use cursive writing. It would be faster and smoother.
Also, if the person is writing an essay or taking a test, cursive writing is probably
the preferred method. If you’re writing a personal note such as a thank-you note or
a note to your child’s teacher, cursive writing is probably preferred. This is not
a rule. I have written several notes before using printing because I wanted my writing
to be very clear, but most of the time I use cursive writing and I believe most people
would use cursive writing in that situation. Also, when we write our signature, we usually
use cursive. The general rule is that if you want your writing to be very clear, you should
print. If you want your writing to be fast or to appear more mature, you should use cursive.
If these things don’t matter to you, then you can use whichever method of writing you
prefer. Thanks for watching. Bye.

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