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Quiz topic: Formal letter vocabulary
1. Which of the following is used to start a very formal letter?
a) Dear John
b) Hi Suzy
c) My Dear Elaine
d) Dear Sir or Madam
As John is a first name, \u2018Dear John\u2019 is probably used in a more familiar situation
\u2018Hi Suzy\u2019 is a very informal way to start a letter to a friend.
\u2018My Dear Elaine\u2019 sounds very intimate, perhaps friends who have known each other a long
\u2018Dear Sir or Madam\u2019 is a standard w ay of beginning a letter to someone w hose
name you don\u2019t know .
2. Which of the following is a way of starting a formal letter?
a) Thank you for your letter dated 26th August 2005.
b) Thanks for your letter, it was great to hear from you.
c) Thank you for your letter about\u2026
d) Thanks for dropping me a line\u2026
\u2018Thank you for your letter dated 26th August 2005\u2019 is a formal opening sentence.
\u2018Thanks for your letter, it was great to hear from you\u2019 is an informal opening sentence.
\u2018Thank you for your letter about\u2026\u2019 is an informal opening sentence.
\u2018Thanks for dropping me a line\u2026\u2019 is an informal opening sentence.
3. Which would be a suitable way to introduce some bad news in a formal way?
a) I feel really bad about this but\u2026
b) I\u2019m sorry to have to break the bad news but\u2026
c) I regret to inform you\u2026
d) I\u2019m so sorry about\u2026
\u2018I feel really bad about this but\u2026\u2019 is very informal and familiar.
\u2018I\u2019m sorry to have to break the bad news but\u2026\u2019 is very informal and familiar.
\u2018I regret to inform you\u2026\u2019 is very formal.
\u2018I\u2019m so sorry about\u2026\u2019 is informal and familiar.