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Is the writing format different for the three IELTS letter types?

Are you confused about the format of letter types while practicing IELTS letter writing samples? We are here to help you with the answer!
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Letters for IELTS Writing come in three types: Formal, Semi-Formal, and Informal.
But there is a catch🤔!
Although each type of IELTS test serves its own distinct purpose, the format for structuring your answers remains the same.
Tone Matters!
Let’s learn how😇!
While the basic format of the IELTS letters is the same (Opening Salutation-Body-Closing Remarks and Salutation) the tone, which plays a significant role, should be different.
Formal Letter
Formal letters, designed for official purposes, demand a tone of respect and professionalism, and should not have contractions.
So, begin with ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ and end it with ‘Yours Sincerely [Your Name]’.
Informal Letter
For example, you might start with "Dear [Recipient’s Name]" and sign off with a casual "Take care" or "Best wishes".
They, on the other hand, are more relaxed in tone and often include personal greetings.
Semi-Formal Letters
So, although you begin with ‘Dear [Recipient’s Name]’, you have to round up with ‘Yours Sincerely [Your Name]’.
They strike a balance between formal and informal styles, as the tone is mostly friendly with a degree of formality.
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