Informal Letter: Purpose

Informal Letter: Purpose

  • Submitted By: mickeyhuy
  • Date Submitted: 10/03/2011 7:06 AM
  • Category: English
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- Informal letters may be used to share news, thank or compliment someone, or just to say "Hello".

- An informal letter is written to people we know well. We might write an informal letter to our parents, grandparents, or our friends.

- This letter is written by a friend to pay compliment to his friend, Phil.



1. Heading:

- The Sender’s address: The address and date should be in the right hand corner. A standard Sender’s address often has: Name or Company – Number address and Street – Country – Postcode. However, it is not necessary to include the country and the postcode i.e. 10101. However, if you are writing to someone outside the country, always include your country and post code.

2. Date:

- Put the date on which the letter was written in the format Month Day Year i.e. September 25, 2011.

- Skip a line between the date and the salutation.

3. Salutation:

- The most common salutation in an informal letter is “Dear….”

- Note that it is followed by a comma.

- E.g: Dear Mimi,

- However, some go extremely informal and use “Hey!” or “Hi!”

- You should use your discretion. Obviously if you are writing to your father, you would not use “Hey!” unless of course you are extremely close.
4. Body:
- Use Informal language
- The first paragraph generally expresses a greeting, followed by wishes of good health. Remember you are writing to someone you know very well, so try to be as friendly as possible:
“How are you my dear sister?”
- However, always use your discretion. Try not to go overboard. Some people become bold and daring in letters and write things that they would otherwise not say to the person face to face. Obviously if you are writing to an adult that you respect, like your dad, try not to write things like:
“What’s up dude!” or “What’s going down?”
- Try to picture the person you are...

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