Writing

INFORMAL LETTER

Beginning
Dear (first name),
Thank you/Many thanks for your (recent/last) letter/mail.
It was great/good/nice to hear from you.
I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch/written/contact you for such a long time.
It’s been ages since I’ve heard from you. I hope you’re/you and your family are well.
Inquiring about their news

Hi! How are the things? How are you? How’s it going?
Great news about … Glad to hear that … Sorry to hear about …
Giving news
Listen, did I tell you about … You’ll never believe what …
Oh, and another thing … This is just to let you know that …
I thought you might be interested to hear about/know that …
By the way, have you heard about/did you know that …
Apologies
I’m writing to apologise for missing your birthday party but I got down with flu.
I’m really sorry that I forgot to send you a birthday card but I was busy with my new job.
If you let me know where you bought it/how much it cost I’ll gladly pay for it/replace it.
Please let me know how much the bill is and I’ll gladly pay it.
Invitations
I’m/We’re having a party on Saturday 2nd and I/we hope you’ll be able to come.
Would you like to come/go to see a movie with me on Sunday?
I was wondering if you’d like to go to the theatre/camping with us?
Could you let me/us know if you can come/you’d like to join us?
Thank you very much for your invitation. I’d love to come.
Thank you for asking/inviting me to … but I’m afraid I won’t be able to …
Requests
I’m writing to ask for your help/you (if you could do me) a favour.
I wonder if/I was wondering if you could help me/do me a favour.
I hope you don’t mind me asking but could you (possibly) …?
I’d be very/really/terribly grateful if you could …
Thank you, Congratulations, Good Luck
I’m writing to thank you for your hospitality/the wonderful present.
It was so kind of you to invite me to stay with you.
I really appreciated all your help/advice.
Congratulations on passing your exams/your excellent exam results!
I wish you good luck/Good luck in/with your exams/your driving test/your interview.
Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll do well/pass.
Do be on time, won’t you, and don’t forget to …
Making suggestions and recommend.
Why don’t you …? Maybe you could …? How about …?
You can’t leave London without doing sth
I’m sure you will enjoy doing sth If you like, we can …
Do visit somewhere Don’t forget to do sth (Imperative -> Strong
Recommendation)
I’m told that … People say that … (If you heard sth is good)
Endings
Give my love/regards to … Say hello to … Hope to hear from you soon.
See you soon! Write soon. Once again, thank you for all your
help.
Signing off
Love,
Lots of love,
Yours,
Best wishes,
First name

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