How to write a formal letter
Full block style (most commonly used) is where all the elements in the letter are aligned on the left margin.
Modified block style is where the sender's address, the date, complimentary close, the signature and typed name are aligned down the middle of the page. All other elements are aligned on the left page margin.
Consists of the name, post address, telephone, and email address of the sender or the address of the company the sender represents.
British English – date/month/year – 19 March 2009, 19th March 2009American English – month/date/year – March 19 2009, March 19th 2009
The Inside Address/Addressee/Recipient
The inside address consists of the address of the company or recipient the sender is writing to.
Our Ref. may consist of a reference number or the writer's or typist's initials.
Dear Sirs/Dear Sir or Madam (if writing to a company)
Gentlemen or Dear Sir or Madam
Dear Mr (for a man)
Dear Mrs (for a married woman)
Dear Miss (for an unmarried woman)
Dear Ms (for a woman)
American English places a comma (,) or colon (:) after the salutation. British Engl
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