HOW TO WRITE LETTERS, 1. How to write an informal letter

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1.     How to write an informal letter

 

Letter writing in English can be formal, semi-formal or informal, depending on the rubric and the target reader.

That's why it is important firstly to think about who you're writing to and why you're writing so that you use the correct style of formal, semi-formal or informal.

 

All styles of letters should include the following:

An appropriate greeting (e.g.: Dear Tim, Hello Jane, Hi Bill), followed by an introduction with your opening remarks (e.g.: How are you? Thanks for your last letter) and your reason for writing (e.g.: giving information, making suggestions).

 

A main body which contains the information requested by the rubric and organized into 2-3 paragraphs.

 

A conclusion where you can summarize the main points and include your closing remarks (e.g.: Write back soon), followed by an appropriate ending (e.g.: Cheers, Love, Yours ...

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1.     How to write an informal letter

 

Letter writing in English can be formal, semi-formal or informal, depending on the rubric and the target reader.

That's why it is important firstly to think about who you're writing to and why you're writing so that you use the correct style of formal, semi-formal or informal.

 

All styles of letters should include the following:

An appropriate greeting (e.g.: Dear Tim, Hello Jane, Hi Bill), followed by an introduction with your opening remarks (e.g.: How are you? Thanks for your last letter) and your reason for writing (e.g.: giving information, making suggestions).

 

A main body which contains the information requested by the rubric and organized into 2-3 paragraphs.

 

A conclusion where you can summarize the main points and include your closing remarks (e.g.: Write back soon), followed by an appropriate ending (e.g.: Cheers, Love, Yours sincerely).

 

We usually write informal letters to friends and relatives we know well, or to people of our own age.

The characteristics of the informal style are:

-          Short forms (e.g.: I'm, you're, it's)

-          Colloquial vocabulary and some idiomatic expressions (e.g.: it's fun, you'd better, get in touch)

-          Use of the active, rather that the passive voice (e.g.: ‘Jenny will arrange a party' instead of: ‘The party will be arranged by Jenny')

-          Informal beginnings and endings (e.g.: How are you going? Best wishes).

 

 

Here is an example of an informal letter:

 

Dear Mary,

Thanks for your letter. It was so nice to hear from you again.

Unfortunately, I have been preparing for my finals and I couldn't write back earlier. I am happy to know that you are fine, and so am I.

In your letter you asked me about diets. To tell you the truth I have never been on a diet because I think diets are bad for my health. But I always try not to eat too many sweets and not to eat late in the evening.

I believe you must go on a diet if the doctor advises you to do it.

However, I do morning exercises every day and I play sport. It helps me to be fit. So if I were you, I'd continue going to the gym.

Well, I have to go now.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Lots of love,

Sheila.

 (written by Evgueny40, read by Nerelle Poroch, Australia)

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