"USEFUL PHRASES FOR LETTER WRITING"
USEFUL PHRASES FOR LETTER WRITING FORMAL LETTERS Job application: - I am most interested in.... - I am interested in applying for the post of....which was advertised in.... - My reason for applying is that I would like to broaden my experience and to gain new skills... - I would be able to attend an interview at any time which is convenient to you.... - I have gained insight into ……….. - Enclosed is a resume of .... - I look forward to many similar challenges... - I would appreciate any information you have about.... - Thank you for your time and consideration. - I am writing in referent to your advertisment in.... - I should like to apply for the position of.... - I would be thankful to come for interview at any time convenient to you. - I should be pleased if you could send me further information... - I enclose a stamped adressed envelope with this letter... - I would be grateful for a reply at your earliest convenience. - I am writing with relation to the article on....in yesterday´s.... - I would be grateful if you could forward me some information about... - You may contact me by telephone at the above number... Apology: - I assure you that it/this will never happen again. Opinion: - In reply to your letter of... I would like to say... - I would like to respond to the article entitled “....”, which appeared in Monday´s edition of your newspaper. - In my opinion/According to me, ... - It seems (clear) to me that.... - I would suggest that.... Complaint: - I am writing to complain about... - I am writing to express my concern about the fact that... - I am writing to express my annoyance at.... - I must insist that you/I must urge you to... FORMAL: phrasal verbs; literary expressions; long sentences; full forms of verbs (“I would”); sentences that are clearly written rather than spoken English INFORMAL LETTERS - many thanks for your letter.... - It was lovely/very nice to hear from you recently - I was glad to hear that... - I hope you and the family are well. Invitation: - I´m having a birthday party on ...and I hope you´ll be able to come. - I was wondering if you´d like to come to see....at the Theatre...with me? - Would you like to/Why don´t you come and stay for the weekend? - Could you (possibly) let me know if you can come by... Request: - I´m writing to ask you a favour... - I wonder if I could ask you a favour? - I´d terribly grateful if.... - Please don´t hesitate to say no if you can´t manage it... Apology: - I´m writing to apologise about/for the fact that/for not (+-ing) - I´m terribly sorry that... - I do hope that.... Giving advice: - You asked me for advice on... - Have you thought about....? - It might be a good idea to... - One thing I would suggest is... Thank you/Congratulations/Good Luck: - I´m writing to thank you/Thank you very much for...(+noun/-ing) - It was very kind of you to....(+verb) - I´m writing to congratulate you/Congratulations on...(+noun) - I´m writing to wish you (the very best of) luck in/with (+noun) Endings: - Looking forward to hearing from you/seeing you. - Hope to hear from you soon/see you soon. - Write soon/See you soon. AVOID A LOT AND REALLY IN FORMAL LETTERS! AVOID YOU AT THE BEGINNING (TOO AGRESSIVE)! WHOM I´M WRITING TO AND WHY IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH! All in all, Everything in the hotel was far below our expectations You also quoted in the brochure... ...but in fact... ...because of all the inconveniences we had... ...there was nothing more in the room but a bed.. ...your brochure promised that the hotel is situated close to the beach but... In view of these complaints I demand a refund of ... I am writing you this letter to ask you and your team for a favour. Attached to it, a short note from the person who found it.. To my regret, the note that accompanied my backpack on its journey home was not signed. As a result... I am wondering if it would be possible to insert a short notice in your newspaper... I would like to repay the cost of sending the backpack to me... I would ask for your help in finding this person. INFORMAL: colloquial vocabulary; the word “nice”; contractions (“I´d”); sentences that sound close to spoken English; question tags; omission of subject of sentence