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Use standard written phrases: In letter writing, people usually use a number of standard expressions and phrases that help to both express and understand, like "I am writing to ...", or "I would appreciate it if you could".
Use common words correctly: Avoid using rare words in letter writing, on the other hand, spell letter vocabulary correctly, like “sincerely”, “faithfully”, “in connection with”, “apologize”, and so on.
Divide letter into paragraphs" Usually a Task 1 has 4 paragraphs: 1, Introduction; 2, Problem or Situation; 3, Solution or Action; 4, Conclusion.Last but not least, you should reflect each instruction into letter and double check to ensure nothing left. Miss or misunderstand any part or point of the question prompt will loss your score. Besides, right grammar, such as capitalisation and punctuation, and strong vocabulary are primary factors to get a good band.
1. Formal: To someone you have not met, whose name you don’t know.
Start with: Dear Sir/Madam,
End with: Yours faithfully
2. Semi-formal: To someone you may or may not have met, whose last name you know.
Start with: Dear Mr Brown, Dear Ms Stone,
End with: Yours sincerely
3. Informal: To someone you know well, whose first name you know and use.
Start with: Dear John, Dear Anita
End with: Best regards, Warm wishes,
Samples: Personal Correspondence
Samples: Provide Information
Samples: Express Needs and Wants
Samples: Express Opinions