FORM OF THE LETTER
Adress
Greeting
The opening
The body
The closing
Signing off
Greeting
The most common salutation in an informal letter is “Dear..”
-Note that it is followed by a comma.
Dear Andrés ,
However, some go extremely informal and use “Hey!” or “Hi!”
You should use your discretion. Obviously if you are writing to
your father, you would not use “Hey!” unless of course you are
extremely close.
The opening
Is the reason for writing
(happiness at receiving letter, apology for not
replying faster…)
Opening Remarks:
•It was great to hear from you / to get your letter!
•How are things?
¿Cómo van las cosas?
•Sorry I haven’t written for so long.
•Thank you so much for …
Siento no haberte escrito en tanto tiempo
Muchas gracias por…
•I was happy / sad to hear that …
•Congratulations on …
Fue estupendo saber de ti/recibir tu
carta
Estaba contento/triste de escuchar que…
Felicidades por…
The Body
Information, news or details
Ask questions
It is always a good idea to ask questions in the body of the letter that you
would like the person to answer in their reply. Questions work as a good
base on which to write a letter, and they give the recipient motivation to
reply:
-How are those wonderful brothers of mine?
-Did I tell you that I am librarian too, eh?
-Have you made any arrangements yet?
-What about your suitcase?
Be careful using the correct verb forms
Future, past pefect, present perfect continuous…..
The Body…
Connectors
Contrast (contraste)
Although = aunque
Whereas = mientras que
Despite = a pesar de
Addition (suma)
In adittion = en resumen
Moreover = además
Furthermore = además
Cause (por alguna causa)
Because = porque
Due to = debido a
As = cómo, cuándo, porqué
Result (resultado de…)
So = asi que
Therefore = por lo tanto
Consequently = en consecuencia
Time
Firstly = en primer lugar
Secondly = en segundo lugar
Later = después
Finally = finalmente
Despite / due to
Despite + non
+ ing
+the Fact + that+ cause
Due to +noun
+ ing
+ the Fact + that + cause
The closing
Questions directed to friend
Closing Remarks:
•Can’t wait to hear from you!
•Write soon!
•That’s all for now.
•Give my regards to…
¡No puedo esperar a saber de ti!
¡Escribe ponto!
Eso es todo por ahora
Dale recuerdos a…
•Looking forward to seeing you.
Estoy deseando verte.
Signing Off
This is where you sign off:
Take care,
Michael
In informal letter writing, the complimentary close is always
very friendly:
Love,
Lots of love,
Best wishes,
Missing you lots,
Yours forever,
Regards,
etcetera…
Remember, a comma always follows the complimentary close.
Post Script
Use P.S. to add a short message after the
complimentary close. Use it especially to write
down something that you may have forgotten
in the body of the letter
P.S: please reply
5th Juny, 2010
C/Perú, nº 13
Gandía
_______ Raphael,
_______________ ? I hope you are fine. Sorry______________________ but I’ve been
pretty busy with my term exams. In two weeks time all this ___________(be over) and we
will be enjoying our summer holidays. That’s what I wanted to talk about.
I remind you it was you who suggested travelling to Ibiza, _________________________?
I hope so , ________ it’s too early.
____________ suitcase? If I were you I would start packing ________ you’re so slow!!. I
haven´t bought new clothes yet I have been thinking about going shopping once there. I’m
so excited !!
_________________________!!
First Paragraph
See you in August,
Lots of Love, Alonso. XX
P.S. : _________
How are you?
will be over
Dear
I haven’t written for so long
because
What about your
Althought
Second Paragraph
Have you made any arrangements
Last
Paragraph
Please reply
Looking forward to seeing you
CARLOS PEIRÓ GONZALEZ
BORJA MORAGUES MARTÍNEZ
APPLAUSE!
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