Informal Letter Format And Writing Style

The informal letter refers to the letter which is written to any personal relationships, friends, etc. Read this article to know more about it.

Informal Letter Writing: Informal letter writing is one of the format of letter writing and one question from this type definietly comes in mains examination letter writing. There are a lot of exams which are lined up  where we can expect a question from this topic like: SBI PO Mains, RRB PO Mains, IBPS PO Mains etc. There is a different marks allocation to this section in all these exams. In SBI PO 50 marks are allocated for descriptive writing while in IBPS PO 25 Marks are allocated for this section. Students are advised not to take this section lightly as these marks can help you fetch some very good marks in your final score because final merit list if prepared by considering the total marks secured by a candidate in mains examination which is comprised of both Objective as well as Descriptive papers.

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What is Informal Letters?

Informal letter refers to the letter which are written to any personal relationships, friends etc. The language used in these letters are very informal and friendly. In this type of letter we basically refers to the person whom we know personally. Informal letters are a way to tell your thoughts, Ideas or feelings to a loved one’s.

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Format Of An Informal Letter

Date and Address: Here, the writer should mention their own address in the letter and  after the address make sure to  leave a line and write the date. The date shows when the letter was written.

Greetings or Salutation: This is the next and the most common way to start off an informal letter with a ‘dear’ and  put the name after that and then put a comma. e.g Dear Shreya.

Text or Body: This is the part where you actually start writing. It is the part where your intend of writing the letter should be mentioned. There are certain points which you need to keep in mind while writing the main content of the letter:

Informal language usage: Though you are writing this letter to your loved one’s but that doesn’t mean that you can go overboard with them. Do keep in mind to whom you are writing the letter. Don’t commit this mistake of writing ‘Hey dude! What’s up?’, to your father but at the same time don’t make the letter boring.

Punctuation, spellings and grammar: If you think that you had written well in the examination but still scored less it is because you must have done silly mistakes because while writing a letter, nothing can be worse than spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. It might seem small but wrong use of punctuation can change the entire meaning of what you are trying to convey.

Use active voice: Make sure that you use active voice because active voice makes your letter sound more conversational and makes it more interesting to read. It feel as if the person is conversing with you face to face.

Put in questions: Yes! questions which you asked in your letter act as a good base on which you can write your letter on. Also, it act as a  motivator to the reader to reply.

Close with a Compliment: It is always good to end something with a compliment so make sure that after writing the letter, sign off in a friendly manner such as ‘Love,’ or ‘Missing you loads’, ‘Love you forever,’, etc. Make sure to  put a comma after the compliment.

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Given below is the format of the informal letter as discussed above:

Informal Letter Format:

Sender’s Address

Date

( Salutation) Dear  (Recipient’s Full Name),

First Paragraph- Your intend to write this letter

Second Paragraph- Main Content

Final Paragraph- Conclusion + End Part

(Enclosing) Your’s lovingly,

(Your Name)

Sample Letter: Letter to a friend inviting him to your birthday party.

H-5/3 West Jyoti Nagar,

Shahdara,

New Delhi

20th October 2020

Dear Asim,

How are you doing my friend? It has been a long time since we met. How was your trip to Banglore? Hope you enjoyed it. Lately, I received all the postcards which you had sent me from there. Thanks a lot! I loved each one of them.

Hey! Guess what? My Gradmother has organized an early birthday party for me, and she has asked me to invite all my friends. You know that no party of mine is complete without you. So please be at my place this Sunday. The party doesn’t start till 4, but try  come early so that we can play with my new play station as well.

I  Hope your parents are all right? Give them my love & regards and wish you all the best for your basketball match today. Miss you loads my friend. See you this Sunday.

Take care,

Deepak

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