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The subject of this quiz will not be new to you but it is a good time to review the proper ways to format letters, specifically business letters. When writing letters there are really only two forms that need to be followed, i.e., the informal and the formal. The formal letter is your business letter.
When writing a formal letter you will never use a salutation (greeting) such as “Hi” or “Hello” or “Howdy.” Each of these salutations should only be found in an informal, more personal letter such as to a friend or a family member. Rather, a business salutation will include “Dear ___” or “To Whom It May Concern” or “Judge _____” or “Representative _____” or “Congressman _____.”
Another difference between the two styles of letters is that after the salutation of an informal letter, a comma will be used whereas after a formal salutation a colon (:) will be used.
Informal: Hi Jane,
Formal: Dear Jane:
In the next couple of years you will begin to write letters to teachers and colleges in preparation of attending college. College preparation begins in the 9th grade, not the 12th grade. Understanding that you will soon be required to start writing formal business letters, it is good to get in a little practice now since you probably already have the informal letter writing down pat. See below for more details.
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