How to Write a Letter in English

Every letter has 3 important parts:

1. The Greeting – This is where you say hello.

Dear Grandma, Dear Alice,
Dear Sir or Madam (If you do not know the name of the person you are writing to, use this.),
Dear Mr Andersen (If you know the name, use the title (Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms, Dr, etc.) and the surname only.)

2. The Body – This is where you say everything that you want to say. In a letter to a relative, you will probably want to say what has happened recently, what you are doing now, and what you will do in the near future.

Last week I went to an amusement park with my friends. It was a lot of fun… I am in eighth grade now. Some of my classes are a little hard, but I have a lot of nice friends… Next month we will come visit you. I can’t wait! We can watch movies, and I hope we can make chocolate chip cookies together!

3. The Closing – This is where you say goodbye.

Some common closings are:
Sincerely,
Love,
Best Regards,
With love,
Your friend,
Yours,
Hope to hear from you soon.

Sample – Letter to a Relative





Dear Aunt Mary,

How are you? I haven’t seen you for a few months, so I thought I should write you a letter and say “Hi!”

I have been pretty good lately. I will finish elementary school soon, and I can’t wait to go to junior high! Last week, I got a perfect score on my biology test, so my parents took my out to eat ice cream and watch a movie!

Summer will be here soon, and I am very excited for summer vacation. I hope to join a baseball team. I want to be a pitcher, but I know that I need to practice because right now I am not good enough. Maybe you can come watch me play sometime! That would be great!

Well, that’s all for now. I hope to see you soon. I will have a birthday party in July. I hope you can come! And I hope you are well. If you have time, please write me back!

Love,

Your nephew,
Brian

Sample – Formal Letter

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