You may think that the days of letter writing are well and truly over. Certainly there are much fewer letters written nowadays than in days gone by.
However, sooner or later you will need to write a letter and address the envelope. When this time comes addressing the envelope properly will speed its delivery and addressing the letter in the correct manner will give it an appropriate professional or personal touch.
Various features of your letter will depend upon who you are writing to. Consider whether your letter is:
There are also other points to consider such as:
Decide if the letter is to be:
Addressing the recipient in an informal letter
For an informal letter begin by using the word Dear followed by the person's Christian or first name. If the letter is very informal use only the person's first name and omit the word Dear.
To close such an informal letter use a phrase such as:
Addressing the recipient in a formal letter
Addressing a formal letter correctly is vital. If you do not you may find that you are not taken seriously, or even that you cause offense. The letter should be opened with Dear and then Mr, Master, Mrs, Miss or Ms plus the recipient's surname. Bear in mind that:
A good choice of paper, pen and writing style will complete the whole thing.
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