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Writing in Formal Language: A Letter

In this worksheet, students learn the conventions of writing a formal letter.

'Writing in Formal Language: A Letter' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Purpose and Audience Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Look at the sample letter below which demonstrates the conventions which should be followed when writing a formal letter:

                                                                 23 Any Street
                                                                                                            Anytown
                                                                                                            Anyshire
                                                                                                            AN2 3AS

Tel: 01844 21000

3rd April 2012

Mr. E. Brooks
Manager
Cycle Shop
Anytown
Anyshire
AN4 8PP

Dear Mr. Brooks,  

Re: Bicycle on Order

I am writing to ask you whether you could advise me of a delivery date for my new bicycle.  You may recall that we spoke last Wednesday and I selected the Evans Rocket Dog E.429 in Gunmetal Grey.

I am going on holiday on May 4th, so I should like to know when my bicycle will arrive so that I can make arrangements to ensure that someone will be here to receive it.

Please be so kind as to contact me by phone.

Thank you for your assistance.

 

Yours sincerely,

M. Chandra

(Mr.)   M. Chandra 

Where should the sender’s address be placed? Choose the correct answer

 

The sender's address should be in the bottom, left-hand of the page.

The sender's address should be on the top, right-hand of the page.

After the date, on the left-hand side of the page you should write:

The name and address of the person to whom the letter is being sent.

Address of the person to whom the letter is being sent.

What words are used to end a formal letter which started 'Dear Mrs. Green' ?

 

Yours faithfully,

Yours sincerely,

What words are used to end a formal letter which started 'Dear Madam' ?

 

Yours sincerely,

Yours faithfully,

Match up the following to demonstrate the correct layout of a formal letter, i.e. the order in which parts of the letter are written.

If you can't read the whole sentence in the boxes on the right, hover your mouse over each one.

Column A

Column B

1
Re: Bicycle on Order
2
3 April 2012
3
Write the content of the letter. Use formal Englis...
4
23 Any Street Anytown
5
Mr. E. Brooks Manager Cycle Shop Anytown Anyshire ...
6
Yours sincerely or Yours faithfully (Mr.) M. Chand...
7
Dear Mr. Brooks or Dear Sir/Madam

Formal letters require us to use formal language. Match up the formal phrase with the informal one.

If you can't read the whole sentence in the boxes on the right, hover your mouse over each one.

Column A

Column B

I cannot condone this behaviour
I'm not standing up for you
It has come to my attention
So we've all decided that
Alternative arrange ments have been made
I've just heard
Consequently, my staff have agreed to
Instead, why don't you
  • Question 1

Where should the sender’s address be placed? Choose the correct answer

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The sender's address should be on the top, right-hand of the page.
EDDIE SAYS
The sender's address or 'return address' always comes first and is written in the top, right hand corner of the page. This is so that the person you are writing to knows where to send their response.
  • Question 2

After the date, on the left-hand side of the page you should write:

CORRECT ANSWER
The name and address of the person to whom the letter is being sent.
  • Question 3

What words are used to end a formal letter which started 'Dear Mrs. Green' ?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Yours sincerely,
EDDIE SAYS
We always use "Yours sincerely" if we know the name of the person we are writing to.
  • Question 4

What words are used to end a formal letter which started 'Dear Madam' ?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Yours faithfully,
EDDIE SAYS
We always use "Yours faithfully" if we don't know the name of the person we are writing to.
  • Question 5

Match up the following to demonstrate the correct layout of a formal letter, i.e. the order in which parts of the letter are written.

If you can't read the whole sentence in the boxes on the right, hover your mouse over each one.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
23 Any Street Anytown
2
3 April 2012
3
Mr. E. Brooks Manager Cycle Shop ...
4
Dear Mr. Brooks or Dear Sir/Madam
5
Re: Bicycle on Order
6
Write the content of the letter. ...
7
Yours sincerely or Yours faithful...
  • Question 6

Formal letters require us to use formal language. Match up the formal phrase with the informal one.

If you can't read the whole sentence in the boxes on the right, hover your mouse over each one.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

I cannot condone this behaviour
I'm not standing up for you
It has come to my attention
I've just heard
Alternative arrange ments have be...
Instead, why don't you
Consequently, my staff have agree...
So we've all decided that
---- OR ----

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