Opening and Closing lines of Writing Task 1.

Your IELTS Writing General Task 1 consists of letters. These letters may be of any of the three formats given below:

  • Formal
  • Semi-formal
  • Informal

All three letters have certain types of opening and closing lines.  Though the content of the letter is crucial, you will also lose marks if you don’t open and close the letter accordingly.

Formal letters

A formal letter is usually to some private or public institution, such as:

  • Bank
  • Insurance Company
  • Airline
  • Local Council

The opening sentence for this kind of formal letter is:

  • Dear sir or madam,

The closing sentence for this kind of formal letter is:

  • Yours faithfully,

Semi-formal letters

A semi-formal letter is usually to someone you know, or at least someone’s name who you know. Thus, it is typically written to:

  • Landlord
  • Employer
  • Librarian
  • Doctor
  • School Counsellor
  • Teacher

The opening sentence for these kinds of semi-formal letters is:

  • Dear (Title) (Name)
    • Dear Mr. Sam,
    • Dear Mrs. Anagha

The closing sentences for these kinds of semi-formal letters are:

  • Yours sincerely,
  • Kind regards
  • Best regards
  • Regards

Informal letters

An informal letter is written to someone you know very well, usually a friend or family member.

The opening sentence for these kinds of semi-formal letters are:

  • Dear (Name)
    • Dear Sam
    • Dear Anagha

The closing sentences for these kinds of semi-formal letters are:

  • Best wishes
  • Best regards
  • Regards

It can also be personal:

  • All the best
  • See you around
  • Lots of love
  • Always and forever

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