Examples of Formal letters: by os8lO1GE

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									Examples of Formal letters:
Dear Yud Bet 5 pointers and Yud Aleph English Speakers,



As you know, you will have to write a formal letter on your Bagrut exam,

and therefore on your Magen exam as well. Here are some useful tips to

know when writing the formal letter:


1. Do NOT use contractions!! (can’t, don’t, I’m, it’s, you’re etc.)

   Write the words out in full:

            I cannot/I do not/ I am/ it is/ you are etc.


2. Do NOT use informal language. For example, say :

      a. “children” or “pupils”, not “kids”

      b. “I was angry”, not “I was really pissed”

      c. “The food was inedible,” NOT “the food was lousy”.

           You get the point.

            3. Don’t forget to use capital letters and correct

               punctuation:

          Dear Sir,

          Dear Madam,

          Dear Ms. Livnat,

          Very truly yours, (note that “truly” and “yours” do

          not take capital letters)

          Sincerely yours,

          To Whom it May Concern,
         February 31, 2003 (note the way dates are written in

         English!)

         Mr. George W. Bush, President of the United
         States
         The White House
         2600 Pennsylvania Avenue
         Washington, D.C.



    Good Phrases to use when writing a formal letter:

Read the phrases and translate them.

   a. “It has come to my attention that…”

   ________________________________________

   b. “I would appreciate it if you took my comments INTO consideration”

____________________________________________

   c. “In my HUMBLE opinion……………”

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   d. “Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.”

   _____________________________________

   e. “I ask you to re-consider this matter/proposal/idea/ etc.”

   ______________________________________________

   f. “I urge you to put this proposal into effect as soon as possible.”

   ___________________________________________
g. “I look forward to receiving a prompt reply” (only if it is

appropriate to write this; don’t write it, for example, if you’re writing a

letter to the editor of a newspaper.    Editors never reply to letters to

the editor) .

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Choose one of the following subjects and write a formal letter:

      Write a formal invitation to a social event.
      An apology letter to a business company about a mistake you make
       in advertising it.
      A formal letter to the mayor of your town stating a problem you
       have in your neighborhood asking for his involvement to arrange the
       problem.

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                        Opening & Ending your letter



You write to           How to begin the letter         How to end the letter


                       Dear Sir/Madam                  Yours faithfully
an unknown
                       Dear Sir or Madam               Yours truly
firm/person
                       To whom it may concern          Truly yours

                                                       Yours faithfully
a woman whose name
                       Dear Madam                      Yours truly
you don't know
                                                       Truly yours

                                                       Yours faithfully
a man whose name you
                       Dear Sir                        Yours truly
don't know
                                                       Truly yours

                                                       Yours sincerely
a person whose name
                       Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Fisher           Very truly yours
you know
                                                       Sincerely (yours)

                                                       (With) Best wishes

                                                       Yours
a person you know
                       Dear Ann/John                   Love
personally
                                                       All the best

                                                       Kindest/Best regards

                       Answer the following questions:
1. You are writing to the army, you will open your letter with

________________

2. You are writing to the head of the art department in N.Y. University, you will

end your letter with ________________________

3. You are writing to Marry from the Catering your office is working with, you

will open the letter with _____________________

4. You are writing to a person who found your wallet and sent it to you with a

deliver, you will end the letter with _____________________

								
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