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LETTER GIVING ADVICE / MAKING SUGGESTIONS

INFORMAL LETTER FORMAL LETTER


INTRO- -greeting Dear Dan, -greeting Dear Sir / Madam,
DUCTION -opening remarks : -reason for writing = making reference to the input,
e.g -thank for the last letter Thanks for your last letter. express interest, appreciation // concern and I am writing to say how much I
-questions/wishes about recent I think it’s great you want to brush up announce you have suggestions to make enjoyed /I am writing to congratulate you on
events, the person’s health your English and of course I’m only the recent Ideal Homes Exhibition and to
-comments about their news too glad to help. Here are a few things make / put forward one or two suggestions for
-apology for the delay in writing you can try. next year.
-the reason for writing
BODY - at least two or three paragraphs, each about a First of all, it would be a good - at least two or three paragraphs, each referring to a Firstly / To begin with, the ideas for
different problem on which advice is given idea to start reading more in English. different problem about which suggestions are made the living rooms were really / truly
followed by the expected results You probably won’t have time to read followed by the expected results impressive. Perhaps in future years we could
Giving advice : novels but there are plenty of Making suggestions : see a similar emphasis placed on other rooms
- Why not …? magazines that also help you improve - (I think ) It would be a good idea to / if… in the house. One suggestion would be to
- Why don’t you …? your English. As you are so fond of - If we / you were to… feature more ideas for bathrooms and I am
- You should … nature, why don’t you take out a - I think the best thing would be to… sure many of your visitors would welcome
- It would be a good idea to / if … subscription to National - One / Another suggestion is / would be to… inspiring ideas for kitchens and dining rooms
Geographic ? - Perhaps we / you could… as these would give potential buyers an
- If I were you, I would…
You’ll be amazed at how fast you pick - I suggest/recommend +vb+ING overall picture of the house they would like to
- I think the best thing would be to
things up when you actually like the - I suggest (that)+subject+(should) short infinitive live in.
- One / Another suggestion is to…
subject. - If +past simple, …..would + vb 1(if clause type 2) Secondly, although / despite the fact
Expected result :
Another suggestion is to watch that the ideas for protecting the environment
- This will / would mean that…
films on DVD without subtitles. That Expected result : were very well presented, I think it would be
- Then, / This way … way you force yourself to listen to the - This will / would mean that… necessary to include a feature about gardens
- If you do this,…. language very carefully. For a film -This will/would lead to…/This will/would result in as well. This way people would be able to
- By doing this,… lover like you, that’ll be learning - As a result… design their outdoor areas in a way which
- The result of this would be … while really having fun! - Then, / This way, … actually benefits the environment.
The best advice I can give you, - By doing this,… Finally / Lastly, I recommend that
-link the paragraphs with the appropriate though, is to get more English - The result / effect of this would be … you extend the duration of the exhibition and
connectors speaking pen-friends and email reduce the cost of the tickets. If you were to
friends. That method really worked -link the paragraphs with the appropriate connectors remain open for a minimum of one week,
for me when I wanted to improve my more people would be able to visit it. What is
Italian. Not only will you learn a lot of more / In addition, if it were cheaper, then this
new phrases, but you’ll also practice would attract visitors from among the average
the language actively yourself. people and thus the exhibition would prove to
be a really profitable event for more than a
select few that can afford spending money on
other things besides bare necessities.
CON- -express hope your advice is / will be useful / -express hope your advice is / will be useful / taken
CLUSION taken into consideration I hope these ideas will help. into consideration I hope that you find the above
-closing remarks : And remember, practice makes -closing remarks : suggestions helpful / useful and I look
e.g. – the reason why you must end the letter perfect, so don’t give up too easily ! e.g. - a wish (e.g. wish the person good luck, wish forward to attending next year.
- greetings to the person’s family Write and let me know how you get to get in touch soon etc.)
- a wish (e.g. wish the person good luck) on. - an urge / encouragement Yours faithfully,
- a promise (e.g. to write again soon ) Yours,
- an invitation ( e.g. to visit ) Emma Brown
- an urge / encouragement Pam
- a request to the person to reply soon
ARTICLE MAKING SUGGESTIONS

TITLE - concise and catchy title LET’S MAKE IT BETTER


INTRODUCTION - introduce the topic by arousing the readers’ interest As most of you know, the old college snack bar is about to be replaced with a bigger and
(e.g. rhetorical questions ) better self-service cafeteria. Will this mean that we will finally have somewhere comfortable and
- introduce the suggestions to follow in the body appealing to eat ? I think that if the college follows the suggestions below, the new cafeteria will
be a huge success.
BODY - at least two or three paragraphs, each referring to a First of all, I think that it is important to include vegetarian and low-fat options in the new
different problem about which suggestions are made menu. In this way, it would cater for the large number of students with special diets.
followed by the expected results In addition, perhaps the college could invest in more comfortable seats for the cafeteria as
Making suggestions : the seats we have at present are hard and uncomfortable. New, softer seats would make the
- (I think ) It would be a good idea to / if… cafeteria a more pleasant place to spend lunch breaks.
- If we / you were to… Another suggestion is to play modern music to make the atmosphere lively and inviting.
- I think the best thing would be to… As a result more students would choose to have their meals in the cafeteria instead of restaurants
- One / Another suggestion is / would be to… outside the campus, which would help them save both time and money, not to mention the
- Perhaps we / you could… financial benefits for the cafeteria.
- I suggest/recommend +vb+ING Last but not least, students who help out in the cafeteria as part of their duties should be
- I suggest (that)+subject+(should) short infinitive trained to pay more attention to hygiene and manners as there have been a number of complaints
- If +past simple, …..would + vb 1(if clause type 2) about the way they fulfill their tasks. Furthermore, students having their meals in the cafeteria
should also be made to mind their manners and behaviour. Posters on walls should inform them
Expected result : that loud speaking and laughing, arguing and fighting are absolutely forbidden and they are
- This will / would mean that… punishable by fines or even expulsion depending on the seriousness of the offence. The result
-This will/would lead to…/This will/would result in would be not only a quiet place to have lunch but also an increase in students’ awareness of the
- As a result… necessity of keeping to a certain discipline.
- Then, / This way, …
- By doing this,…
- The result / effect of this would be …

-link the paragraphs with the appropriate connectors


CONCLUSION - emphasize the main point(s) addressing the readers It’s about time we students had an eating place we enjoy spending time in. Let’s hope the
directly new self-service cafeteria is everything we have dreamt of !
- catch the readers’ attention (e.g. exclamations,
quotations etc)
- express hope your suggestions will be useful / taken
into consideration

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