How to write a Letter in English

How to write a Letter in English


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In this lesson you will learn to write a letter in English, with the polite formulas to put in a letter in English.

This course may be useful for you to write a personal or professional letter.

How to start a letter in English

If you do not know the name of the person to whom you are writing:

Dear Sir, Dear Madam, => We don’t know if the person who will receive the letter is a man or a woman, so we put both.

If you know the name of the person:

  • Dear Mr Smith, (if it’s a man)
  • Dear Mrs Smith,
  • (if it’s a woman)
  • Dear Miss 
  • Smith,(if it’s a young unmarried woman)

Note: If you hesitate between Mrs and Miss, indicate Ms Jones.

If you know the person to whom you are writing personally:

Dear Thomas, 

How to write a letter in English: useful expressions

  • Thank you for your letter of May 28th. 
  • With reference to your inquiry of 1st August, 
  • Could you possibly… ? 
  • I would be grateful if you could … 
  • Please find enclosed… 

How to end a letter in English:

If you don’t know the person you’re writing to:

  • Yours faithfully, / Yours sincerely, (followed by your signature)

If you know the person (at work):

  • Best regards, / Best wishes, (followed by your signature)

If you know the person very well (friends, family…):

  • Looking forward to hearing from you. 
  • Looking forward to seeing you. 

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