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A formal letter refers to letter to the press, business letter request for casual leave by staff in offices, an application for Job etc. It is also a letter written to people who are not close to us.

FEATURES OF THE FORMAL LETTER

  1. Address: This should be written at the top of a letter on the right hand corner. Write the date in full and put a full stop after abbreviation Example

8, Adeosun Street,

Ile-Epo,

Oke odo,

Lagos.

7th  July, 2015.

  1. The Recipient’s Address should be written on the left hand side below the writer’s address. Example

The Director General,

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Ministry of Education,

Ikeja,

Lagos.

  1. Salutation (greeting)

The name is salutation is followed by a comma, Example Dear Madam, Sir, Dear Sir, Dear Mr Ojo..

  1. Title: A formal letter should have a title. Example: A letter of Apology, The causes of Road Accidents, The Importance of Agriculture in Nigeria etc.
  2. Introduction: The Introduction should show what the letter is all about.
  3. The body of the Letter: Write clear and simple English. Mind your tenses. Pay attention to spelling and punctuation. Try to be specific in your writing.
  4. Conclusion: The conclusion should draw together the idea and its relationship with the major paints.
  5. Subscription comes at the end of the letter. This is followed by a comma. Remember to write ‘y’ in capital letter. Note that ‘faithfully’ is written with small letter but not capital. An Example
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Your  faithfully,

Adekunle John.

 

See also

ADVERBIAL & TENSES

VOWEL SOUNDS /a:/

AUXILIARY VERB

CONSONANT SOUND /C/

NARATIVE ESSAY

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