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Writing Letters
E-mail has overtaken the letter as the usual way to send information.

Writing Letters

This KS2 English will test you on writing letters. When writing a letter, it is important to know whether it should be formal or informal. E-mail has overtaken the letter as the usual way to send information, news, or a longer message to someone. Fewer and fewer letters are sent every year.

It's still important, however, to know how to write letters correctly. Besides being used for more serious purposes, such as job applications, many people send letters just because they know the recipient will enjoy them. There's nothing nicer than receiving an informative, interesting and enjoyable letter from a good friend through the post.

Check your knowledge of letter-writing by trying this English quiz.

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What should you write at the top right-hand corner of a formal letter?
Yours faithfully,
Your signature
The address of the person to whom you are writing
Your address
It's important to give your address so the recipient knows where to send a response.
Besides addresses, what other information should go before the body (main section) of the letter?
An explanation of why you are writing the letter.
The date.
Your e-mail address.
The stamp.
The stamp should go on the envelope!
When should you use 'Yours sincerely,'?
You have written a formal letter to a person whose name you know
You have written an informal letter to your grandmother
You have written a formal letter addressed 'Dear Sir or Madam'
You should always use 'Yours sincerely,'
If you have addressed your letter to a specific person (i.e. Mr. Roberts or Mrs. Jennings), you should use 'Yours sincerely,'
Both a letter of complaint and a persuasive letter should include which of the following?
A clear statement of what you would like to happen in response to your letter.
A complaint.
An aggressive comment.
If you simply complain, you might not get a reply.
Which of these would be out of place in an informal letter?
How are you?
We've been so busy this summer!
I am writing to enquire about .......
See you soon!
You would see those words in a formal letter.
If you write a formal letter in response to a job advertisement, you will be writing a ____.
letter of complaint
letter of enquiry
letter to the editor
letter of application
The root word of application is apply, which is what you are doing (applying for a job).
Where would you write the address on a postcard?
On the front, near the top.
On the back, on the right-hand side.
On the back, at the bottom.
On the back, on the left-hand side.
If you wrote it on the front, the postman wouldn't see it.
The first paragraph of a formal letter will usually include which information?
A compliment.
A complaint.
Who you are and why you are writing.
Where you live and what your favourite hobbies are.
In the first paragraph of a formal letter, you will usually introduce yourself and explain why you are writing.
If you do not know the name of the person to whom you are sending the letter, how should you address it?
Dear Sir,
Dear Mrs.,
Dear Sir or Madam,
Hey, you!
Hey, you! would be rather impolite and you probably wouldn't get a response.
You could send an informal letter to ____.
your MP
your aunt and uncle
the editor of your local newspaper
a bank manager
Your aunt and uncle might be very surprised if you sent them a formal letter!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Letter writing

Author:  Sheri Smith

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