10 Things You Used To Hate About English
Informal letters are usually
written to relatives, friends and acquaintances in a casual matter,
nevertheless they will expect certain relevant facts and ideas. They will
also expect these to be put across in a tone that suits the purpose of the
letter. When you are writing a letter in a school situation the
informality of the private situation changes a little. The teacher expects
to see complete sentences; a structure that is logical; correct language,
spelling and punctuation; and of course a suitable tone.
The following gives a
suggested layout and some suggestions about accepted style.
Salutation (no punctuation)
Introductory paragraph Open by renewing relationships by referring to an earlier letter, incident or some shared experience.
Body Put across the main theme of the letter in a friendly, lively manner. Supply the information in a personal way.
Closing paragraph End the communication on an open note, maintain links, look forward to a response, confirm the reason for the letter.
Close (no punctuation and lower case for word following ‘Yours’ , which has no apostrophe)
Letters to the
These letters are written so that the public may have an opportunity to air their views particularly if they feel strongly about various subjects. The aim of these letters, therefore is to influence as many people as possible. Your letters must be topical and of fairly general interest. Your feud with the neighbour’s dog is unlikely to stimulate general interest. Your letter should be brief, objective, never offensive and logical. Your introductory sentence must be thought provoking and interesting. You must ensure that your facts are correct.
P.O. Box 2351
Distracting signboard on side of highway
J.B. Beneckie (Miss)
3 August 2000
Things to note:
1. No punctuation in address
2. Salutation is Sir not Dear sir
3. Both addresses are on the left hand side, against the margin or edge of the paper. Address of the writer comes at the end of the letter as indicated opposite.
4. Letter ends ‘Yours faithfully’
5. If nom de plume (eg. Nearly Dead) used then a clear line is left followed by your signature, under which is the printed name and then the address.
6. If no nom de plume then the ending is as follows:
3 August 2000
7. If a nom de plume is used then the letter must have a signature otherwise the letter will not be published.