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2013 - Updated Useful Phrases for Informal Letters First Certificate

Thanking / Apologising
Many thanks for your last letter.
Thanks a lot for the letter.
It’s so good to hear from you, It’s been ages since we have seen each other.
I’m sorry I haven’t written sooner, I have been really busy . . . . . . . . .
I’m sorry it has taken me so long to write to you, I have been really busy . . . . . .

Friendly Opening Comment
That’s great news about the (house / job /etc. ,), I’m so happy for you.
I’m glad to hear about the ( house / job / etc. ), I always knew you would do it one day.
The (new house / job / etc. ) sounds brilliant, how are you settling in?

Giving News
That reminds me, . . . . .
By the way, . . . . . . .
You’ll never guess what happened to me last week. . . . . . . .

Asking for Information / Help
Could you tell me . . . . . . . . ?
Please tell me . . . . . . .
Let me know if . . . . .

Giving Advice
You asked about . . . . . . . .. . . Well, the best thing to do is + infinitive
You wanted to know if . . . . . . . My advice would be + infinitive
About the . . . . . . . . . . . , I would recommend + gerund / noun

Making an invitation
I’m having a party and was wondering if you’d like to come.
You’d be more than welcome to come and stay some time. How about the 15
th
of June?

Accepting / rejecting invitation
I’d love to come and stay with you, thanks for the invitation.
I’d love to accept your invitation but I have an exam that week. What a shame! Perhaps another time.

Ending the letter
I must go, as it’s getting late and I have an early start tomorrow.
I’d better close now as I have homework to do.
Well, that’s all from me.

Friendly final comment
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
I can’t wait to hear from you. Let me know how you are getting on.
I can’t wait to see you, I’m looking forward to your visit.
Keep in touch, I always look forward to your letters.

Signing off
All the best
Best wishes
Informal letters should also include:
 Clear Paragraphs
 Contractions: I’d, it’s
 Phrasal verbs.
 Interesting adjectives: enormous, wonderful
 Informal linking words: also, but, actually.
 Relative clauses.