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Writing a letter

If you're writing to someone you don't know personally, or to an organisation like a business or a newspaper, you will need to write a formal letter.

Here's how to lay out a formal letter.

The top right corner of a formal letter. The writer's address is in the top right corner then on the left, 'Dear Madam' is written to begin the letter.

1. Put your address in the top right hand corner of the page.

2. Put the date underneath the address.

3. If you don't know the person's name, start the letter with Dear Sir, Dear Madam, or Dear Sir or Madam and finish with Yours faithfully.

4. If you do know the person's name, start the letter Dear Mr, Dear Mrs, Dear Ms, and add their surname. Finish the letter with Yours sincerely.

Always use clear, simple English. Start by saying why you are writing then follow with the details. (It's a good idea to list the points you want to make before you start writing to keep you on track.)

Finish by saying what you would like to happen next, for example, "I hope to hear from you soon."

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