directions (rewrite the paragraph posted below in informal colloquial language. Then rewrite the same paragraph again by dressing it up, making much more formal. Then rewrite the paragraph one more time in a way that blends the two styles.)
The main paragraph: I grew up torn, then, between the need to prove I was smart and the fear of a beating if I proved it too well; between the need not to jeopardize my respectable future and the need to impress the hoods. As I lived it, the conflict came down to a choice between physically tough and being verbal. For a boy in my neighborhood and elementary school, only being “tough” earned you complete legitimacy. I still recall endless, complicated debates in this period with my closest pals over who was “the toughest guy in the school.” If you were less than negligible as a fighter, as I was, you settled for the next best thing, which was to be inarticulate, carefully hiding telltale marks of literary like correct grammar and pronunciation.