Some FCE students have difficulties in beginning or ending letters properly. So the list below is aimed to help them improve their writing. I do hope it supports you as much as it backed me up.
Expressions to begin and end formal and informal letters
Look at the following expressions which are used when writing letters. Where would you find each of them in a letter? Put the first letters of the following headings in front of the expressions:
Beginnings Signalling the end Closings (at the end)
When you have finished, decide if each one comes from a formal or informal letter, and write F (formal) or I (informal) after it.
a. Thanks for your letter.
b. I'll finish now as I'm running out of space.
c. Thank you for sending me your brochure.
d. I must go now.
e. Sorry for not writing for so long.
f. If you have any further questions, please contact me again.
g. I must apologise for not contacting you sooner.
h. I look forward to hearing from you.
i. I'm writing to ask you a favour.
j. I'd better finish.
k. Write again soon!
l. The reason for my writing is to apply for the job I saw advertised.
m. Bye for now.
n. Anyway, I'd better post this letter now.
o. It was lovely to hear from you.
p. All my love.
q. Best wishes.
r. It was great to get your letter.
t. Thank you so much for writing.
u. Take care.
v. I was so sad to hear that you had been ill.
w. Good luck!
x. I wish to complain about the terrible service at your restaurant.
y. Hope to hear from you soon.
z. I am writing with reference to your letter...
Expressions to begin and end formal and informal lettersBeginnings
a (I), c (F), e (I), g (F), i (I), l (F), o (I), r (I), t (F), v (I / F), x (F), z (F)
Signalling the end
b (I), d (I), f (F), h (F), j (I), k (I), m (I), n (I), y (I)
Closings (at the end)
p (I), q (F), s (F), u (I), w (I)