Letter Writing (Basics)
When you are writing a formal letter to someone you don't know then begin with 'Dear Sir or Madam'.

Letter Writing (Basics)

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Layout and structure are two of the basics when it comes to letter writing. The English dictionary tells us that the word 'formal' means 'being in accord with established forms, conventions and requirements'! Letters can be written in both a formal and an informal manner.

Test your knowledge of the subject with this quiz.

1.
A letter beginning with 'Dear John,' could end .......
Best wishes,
Yours faithfully,
Yours fatefully,
Yours sincerely,
2.
The formal term for the beginning of a letter is .......
The beginning/opening
The conclusion/ending
The opening/beginning
The salutation/greeting
Dear John' , 'Dear Sir' etc. are salutations
3.
The formal term for the ending of a letter is what?
The end
The ending
The goodbye
The valediction
'Yours faithfully', 'Yours sincerely' and 'Best wishes' are all valedictions
4.
An informal letter could begin with .......
Dear John,
Dear Madam,
Dear Sir,
Dear Sir/Madam,
You'll write informally here as you know John by name
5.
A formal letter should begin with .......
Dear Evie,
Dear John,
Dear Mum,
Dear Sir/Madam,
A formal letter could also use names as in 'Dear Mr. Smith'
6.
Which of these would require a formal letter?
A blog
A job application
To a friend
To a relative
A blog is informal since it is often a type of online diary
7.
A letter beginning with 'Dear Sir/Madam,' should end .......
Best wishes,
With love,
Yours faithfully,
Yours sincerely,
Use a capital for 'Yours' and lower case for 'faithfully'
8.
A letter opening with 'Dear Mr. Blue' should end with .......
Best wishes,
Yours faithfully,
Yours sincerely,
Yours sincerly,
Use 'Yours sincerely' when you know the person's surname. Remember to put a second 'e' in 'sincerely'!
9.
The date of writing the letter should be .......
Not written anywhere
Written at the top under the address
Written at the very end
Written before your signature.
Always include the date as a point of reference
10.
Which of these would require an informal letter?
For a job application
To a company complaining about faulty goods
To a penfriend
To your local newspaper
Author:  Sue Daish

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