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Writing a Letter
You should end a letter with 'Yours faithfully,' if it is a formal letter which begins 'Dear Sir/Madam'. (Photo courtesy of donovanbeeson at Flickr.)

Writing a Letter

When writing a letter, layout and paragraphs are important factors. A writer always addresses an audience, which, of course, means the reader. When someone writes a letter, this relationship between reader and writer becomes less abstract and much more immediate. A letter is often meant for a single person. At GCSE, you will be required to know how to write letters for several purposes, using different styles.

Test your knowledge of this form of writing by trying this English revision quiz.

  1. Because these will dictate a letter's tone and style, you will need to have a clear idea of...
  2. What should the first paragraph in the body of a formal letter include?
  3. When writing to persuade or argue, you should acknowledge the point of view opposing your own. What is meant by this?
  4. Which of these persuasive techniques can be used in a formal letter to build an argument?
  5. You would NOT write a formal letter to which of the following people / organisations?
  6. What would you include at the top right-hand side of a formal letter?
  7. When should you end the letter with 'Yours faithfully,'?
  8. Which structure would best suit a letter written to argue a point of view?
  9. Which of these would be a letter written to advise?
  10. Which of these personal qualities will NOT improve a letter written to persuade?

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