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"Never fear the otter, he will be silenced." - NewRaVer

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  • Date Submitted: 01/22/2013 07:45 AM
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in the accepted format, candidates must
· indent paragraphs
· use proper punctuation
· use capitalisation where necessary
For example, the month of the date (10 January 2009), the salutation (Dear Maria)
Under normal circumstances, it is perfectly acceptable to use informal language (e.g. stuff, jam-packed) and contractions (I’ll, won’t) in an informal letter, but this is usually not acceptable in the local examination system.
1. Some useful expressions on how to begin an informal letter
· Thank you for your letter which I received yesterday.
· I was pleasantly surprised to hear from you.
· It was wonderful to hear from you after so long.
· Thank you for your letter. I was pleased to hear that you are in good health.
· It was really nice hearing from you. I am glad that you like your new school.
· I hope this letter finds you in the pink (of health).
· Thank you for the lovely birthday card.
2. Some useful expressions on how to end an informal letter
· I promise to write to you soon.
· I hope you will reply soon.
· Give my best wishes to your parents.
· I am looking forward to seeing you.
· I look forward to hearing from you.
· Do write and tell me how you are progressing.
· Do write soon.
Let us take a look at a sample question. The question below is similar to the question in the previous week’s article in terms of content points. Only the text-type differs.

 Dear Raihan,
       It was a lovely surprise to hear from you after such a long time. I know I lost a good friend when you moved to another town but I understand you had no choice as your father had to take up the new posting.
       In your letter you asked me for some advice on what you should do to become a successful student. If you want to be successful, you must set goals. People who set goals accomplish more than those who do not. Write these goals on a piece of paper and put it up on the wall near your study table. This way, you will be reminded of your goals every day....

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