How Do You Write A Formal Letter?


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Anonymous answered
Do we include a post script in a formal letter?
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Will Martin answered
For all letters, the best way is to be as clear and simple as possible. However, formal letters do have certain conventions. These (my examples are all from UK English) include:

_ If you don't know the person's name, it's best to start with "Dear Sir or Madam" and in a very formal letter to end "Yours faithfully" although this is now quite rare. Kind regards is fine for most formal letters.

_If you know the name, it should be "Dear Mr Smith" or "Dear Ms Smith" (possibly "Dr Smith.") You can end "yours sincerely" or "kind regards."

In formal letters, you should use full forms; for instance, "I am not/ I will" rather than "I'm not/ I'll." Avoid abbreviations such as etc, eg and ie - it can look lazy.

End with a polite sentence such as "I look forward to hearing from you."

Apart from general ideas like these, once you know what sort of letter you want to write (job application, for instance) you can google that information, adding + template, and very often you will be able to find free examples on the internet.
thanked the writer.
Anonymous commented
Hey thanx its a bit easy after reading this
Anonymous commented
Which is more formal: I suggest that you do this. Or I suggest that you should do this?

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