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  • [WRITING WS002]

    Confidential | Intellectual property of AMA 1

    PAPER 2, Part 1 (You must write one of the following: an article, essay, letter, report, review or story)

    Some Basic Parts of Formal and Informal Letters

    Divide the following expressions into formal (F) and informal (I).

    Allotted time: 2-5 minutes

    Beginning It was great to hear from you. __

    I am writing with reference to your letter of 25 May. __

    Thanks for writing to me. __

    Congratulations

    Well done! __

    I would like to offer congratulations on your recent promotion. __

    Please allow me to congratulate you on your recent success. __

    Advice / suggestion

    Why not try __

    What about going __

    It is recommended that you contact __

    You could visit __

    I urge you to consider the points I have made. __

    If I were you Id __

    Linkers

    Moreover, __

    Then again, __

    Furthermore, __

    Better still, __

    Whats more, __

    Additionally, __

    Endings

    Do drop me a line if you have time. __

    I look forward to hearing from you without delay. __

    Hope to hear from you soon. __

    Keep in touch. __

    I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience. __

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    Confidential | Intellectual property of AMA 2

    Some Basic Parts of Formal and Informal Letters

    ANSWER SHEET

    Divide the following expressions into formal (F) and informal (I):

    Beginning

    It was great to hear from you. _I_

    I am writing with reference to your letter of 25 May. _F_

    Thanks for writing to me. _I_

    Congratulations

    Well done! _I_

    I would like to offer congratulations on your recent promotion. _F_

    Please allow me to congratulate you on your recent success. _F_

    Advice / suggestion

    Why not try _I_

    What about going _I_

    It is recommended that you contact _F_

    You could visit _F_

    I urge you to consider the points I have made. _F_

    If I were you Id _I_

    Linkers

    Moreover, _F_

    Then again, _I_

    Furthermore, _F_

    Better still, _I_

    Whats more, _I_

    Additionally, _F_

    Endings

    Do drop me a line if you have time. _F_

    I look forward to hearing from you without delay. _F_

    Hope to hear from you soon. _I_

    Keep in touch. _I_

    I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience. _F_

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    How to Write an Informal Letter

    These are the various parts of an informal letter:

    Dear/Hi (first name),

    Beginnings

    Asking

    Referring to their news

    Giving news/information

    Apologies

    Invitations

    Requests

    Thank you/ Congratulations/ Good luck

    Making suggestions and recommend

    Endings

    Signing off

    Informal letters are usually to

    your friends or family;

    therefore, you should only use

    their first name. You should greet the

    person.

    Perhaps ask them how

    they are doing? You may have to respond to some sort of

    event such as a birthday invitation or a

    job promotion.

    Perhaps something happened in your

    life and you want to notify a friend or

    family member. Maybe you are

    getting married or your dog died. Did you do something wrong?

    You may have to say sorry to

    someone.

    Getting married or having a birthday

    party? You may have to invite

    someone to this special event.

    Perhaps you need help. You may need to borrow

    money or have someone take you to the airport in

    the future.

    Whether you have good or bad news, you

    should thank the person for reading your

    letter or email.

    Sometimes they will ask you for help or advice.

    You will have to come up with some

    recommendations. This is similar to thank

    you.

    This will include your name or

    signature at the end of the

    letter.

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    Samples of Phrases for Each Part

    Dear (first name),

    Beginnings

    Thank you/Many thanks for your (recent/last) letter/postcard.

    It was good/nice to hear from you recently.

    Im sorry I havent written/been in touch for such a long time.

    Its ages since Ive heard from you. I hope youre/you and your family are well.

    Asking

    Hi! / How are the things? / How are you? / Hows it going?

    Referring to their news

    Great news about Glad to hear that Sorry to hear about

    Giving news

    Listen, did I tell you about ? Youll never believe what

    Oh, and another thing This is just to let you know that

    I thought you might be interested to hear about/know that

    By the way, have you heard about/did you know that

    Apologies

    Im writing to apologise for missing your party but Im afraid I was with flu.

    Im really sorry that I forgot to send you a birthday card but I was busy with my new job.

    If you let me know where you bought it/how much it cost Ill gladly pay for it/replace it.

    Please let me know how much the bill is and Ill gladly pay it.

    Invitations

    Im/Were having a party on Friday 19th and I/we hope youll be able to come.

    Would you like to come/go to see Room With a View with me at the weekend.

    I was wondering if youd like to go to the theatre/come on holiday with us?

    Could you let me/us know if you can come/youd like to join us?

    Thank you very much for your invitation. Id love to come.

    Thank you for asking/inviting me to but Im afraid I wont be able to

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    Requests

    Im writing to ask for your help/you (if you could do me) a favour.

    I wonder if/I was wondering if you could help me/do me a favour.

    I hope you dont mind me asking but could you (possibly) ?

    Id be very/really/terribly grateful if you could

    Thank you / Congratulations / Good Luck

    Im writing to thank you for your hospitality/the wonderful present.

    It was so kind of you to invite me to stay with you.

    I really appreciated all your help/advice.

    Congratulations on passing your exams/your excellent exam results!

    I wish you good luck/Good luck in/with your exams/your driving test/your interview.

    Dont worry, Im sure youll pass/do well.

    Do be on time, wont you, and dont forget to

    Making suggestions and recommend

    Why dont you ? Maybe you could ? How about ?

    You cant leave New York without doing sth

    Im sure you will enjoy doing sth If you like, we can

    Do visit somewhere Dont forget to do sth (Imperative -> Strong Recommendation)

    Im told that People say that (If you heard sth is good)

    Endings

    Give my love/regards to Say hello to Hope to hear from you soon.

    See you soon! Write soon. Once again, thank you for all your help.

    Signing off

    Love,

    Lots of love,

    All the best,

    Best wishes,

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    PAPER 2, Part 1 (You must write a replying letter or email, formally or informally)

    Task type: Informal Letter

    Determining Which Parts You Need

    Most letters not all may have a beginning, asking, ending and signing off.

    Which other parts you might need will depend on the topic and what the FCE ask

    you to do. Take a look at an example:

    You have received the following letter from your English-speaking friend.

    .............Thanks for inviting me to stay with you when I visit your country next month.

    I'm not sure how to get to your apartment from the airport. Could you write back giving me some basic instructions? What would be the best method of transport for me? I'd prefer one that isn't too expensive!

    Just one other thing - what will the weather be like when I get there? (Just so I'll know what clothes to pack!) .........

    This is a letter from a friend, so we

    know that this will be an informal

    letter.

    Referring to

    the news

    Making

    suggestions

    and

    recommend

    Making

    suggestions

    and

    recommend

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    You should create an outline to organize your idea like the one below:

    Beginning:

    Referring to the news: excited/cant wait

    Asking: family

    Suggestion 1: train across from airport Blue line to District One Marketplace St.

    red apartment;

    Expensive taxi = CAN$100; Cheap train = 2

    Suggestion 2: jacket/gloves/scarf/extra socks Cold = 0-15 degrees = freezing

    temperature=> dangerous

    Ending:

    Signing off:

    Support your idea.

    Explain how it is cold

    or give examples.

    Provide detail on

    how to get to his

    apartment.

    Why?

    Support your

    topic or idea.

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    Sample Informal Letter:

    Hi Jenny,

    I got your letter today and I am looking forward to seeing you soon in Canada. By the way, how

    is your family doing? Are they excited for you?

    About your question on how to get to my apartment, you should take the train that is acr