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In today’s English class, we will be learning about Features of a Formal letter
First, before we explain the features of a formal letter, let’s start by telling you what a formal letter is.
Have you heard someone saying they are writing a letter to the bank or a school? Yes! That’s a formal letter. This also includes the letter a student writes to the school principal explaining why they missed a class period.
In short, formal letters are written in a strict and specific form. They are also called Business Letters or Professional Letters.
Formal letters can be written for a number of reasons such as,
- to express your concerns while working in a company
- to provide official information across your company
- to order for more foodstuffs, to apply for employment, etc.
- to the Editor of a newspaper
Features Of A Formal Letter
When writing a formal letter, there are things you must take note of, because it is not written to a friend or family. The following must be included;
Sender’s Address: Your address
Date: The day of the week, month and year inclusive.
Name/ Designation of Addressee: Ms/Mr/Mrs/Dr/Prof…… before writing your name
Address of the addressee: the receiver’s address
Salutation: It is usually a Dear Ma/Sir
Subject: The reason for writing the letter
Body – Introduction, Content, Conclusion
In summary remember that, formal letters are written in a strict and specific form. They are also called Business Letters or Professional Letters,
Why do you think a formal letter should not be written anyhow?
Compare a sample of a formal letter written by a parent to the school.
Write a letter to the principal of your school telling him why you need a waste bin in the classroom.
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