There is more than one way to organise an informal
letter, but here is one standard way:
very much for your …
1The date can be written in various
ways: 23rd June 1996, June 23rd 1996, 23 June 1996.
2There are various ways of closing
letters to friends depending on your relationship to them.
Some of them are: (With) best wishes,
All the best,
With all my love,
Lots of love.
Here are some useful phrases/expressions to use when
writing informal letters.
TO BEGIN THE LETTER:
· Thank you for your letter. It was
great to hear from you.
· Sorry, I haven’t written for so
long. I’ve been really busy just recently.
· I thought I’d better write and let
you know that…
· This is just a short note to tell
TO END THE LETTER:
· That’s about all my news. Do write
soon and let me know what you’ve been doing.
· Once again, thanks very much for all
· I’m (really) looking forward to
seeing you on…
· Give my love to…
· I’m really sorry that we couldn’t come to your party on
Saturday, but unfortunately both of us had really bad flu.
TO INVITE SOMEONE:
· Why don’t you come and stay with us next weekend?
· We’re having a few friends for dinner on Friday night
and we were wondering if you and Paula would like to come.
TO RESPOND TO AN INVITATION:
· Thanks for the dinner invitation. Paula and I would love to
· It was really kind of you to invite
us for the
weekend, but I’m afraid we’ve already arranged to go and see
Jill’s parents in Scotland.
TO MAKE A REQUEST:
· As you know, our car is at the local garage at the
moment, and I was wondering if there was any chance that we could
borrow yours while you are away next week?
· One of the reasons why I am writing
is to ask a favour. Do you think you could find out how much a reasonable
hotel would cost for bed and breakfast for two people for one night?
TO CONGRATULATE SOMEONE:
· Congratulations on getting the job! Does
this mean you will be moving up north?
· Well done on passing your driving
test first time! All you need now is a car!
· Jim and I just wanted you to know how pleased
we were that you did so well in your university exams.
about 100—140 words.