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Distinguish Between Formal and Informal Letter Writing

In this worksheet, students read examples of formal and informal letters and answer questions on their structure and vocabulary.

'Distinguish Between Formal and Informal Letter Writing' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Structure and Purpose

Popular topics:   Reading Comprehension worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

People write letters for many different reasons.

For example:

  • to thank someone for a present
  • to apply for a job
  • to send news to a relative or pen friend
  • to complain about something



Some letters are written, some are typed and some are sent by email, but there are some rules you need to follow when you write letters for different purposes.


To begin with, letters can be formal or informal. If you are writing to someone you don't know, or you are writing to complain about something, you would write a formal letter, but if you were writing to a friend or relative you would write a more informal, or chatty letter.


In this worksheet you can read examples of different letters and look at the language used in them.

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