Personal letters may be short but they are usually chatty and informal, writing to friends or family.
Formal letters are written to people we don't know on a personal level for different reasons: to find out information, to apply for a job or a course to make a complaint.
Step 2: Organise your writing:
1. Opening: Dear Mr/Mrs + surname (formal), Hi + name/ Dear+ name (informal)
2. Introductory paragraph: initial greeting and/ or introduction of the reason to write.
thank you for your letter/email about. . . , many thanks for your letter (formal)
I am writing to tell you about, guess what?, I am sorry I haven't written for a while (informal)
3. Body: main information divided into one or more paragraphs depending on the length of the letter.
I look forward to hearing from you without delay. (formal)
I can't wait to meet up soon, write back soon (informal)
4. Final remarks: say what you expect from the letter's recipient whether you want them to write back.
If you start with "Dear Sir or Madam", finish with "Your's faithfully", regards/ Best regards/ Kind regards. (formal)
Best wishes, Love, All the best, keep in touch. (Informal)
6. Name/ Signature
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