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 English Vocabulary for learners 

Formal vs Informal phrases for letter writing

Formal letters are requests, applications, enquiries etc. sent to people or organisations.
The tone is respectful and the letter is structured.
Informal letters are sent to friends and relatives. The tone is casual and friendly.

▪Dear Sir/Madam / Dear Mr/Ms Brown
▪Yours faithfully / Yours sincerely
▪Dear Mark/Laura
▪Best/kind regards
Reason for writing ▪I am writing
-with regard to …
-to request
-to enquire about …
-to inform you that…
-in response to …
▪This is a short note
-to thank you
-to apologise
-to mention
▪I thought you might like to know that …
Recalling facts ▪As you may recall, we recently discussed the possibility of …
▪As you know, our company is interested in …
▪As you know, we talked about…
▪You probably remember our recent conversation about ...
What you propose ▪In order to develop this idea
▪To allow us to take the matter further, may I suggest that..
▪To enable us to move forward on this, we would like to propose …
▪I/we/our firm would be pleased to …
▪If you agree, we could …
▪It might be a good idea to …
▪What I suggest is …
▪One /another possibility would be to …
Further contact ▪Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further details / more information.
▪We would be happy to provide more detailed information.
▪Feel free to contact me at any time for more details.
▪Let me know how you feel about my suggestion.
Signing off ▪We would be pleased to have an opportunity to work with your firm.
▪I look forward to hearing from you.
▪We could discuss this over lunch one day.
▪Hope to hear from you soon.

See also: business letters