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Hilfen und Mittel | How to write a letter


Artikel in Zeitungen werden sehr unterschiedlich geschrieben, genauso wie Briefe. Auf den Adressaten kommt es an. Hier die wichtigsten Hilfen und Beispiele, wie du einen formal letter von einem informal letter unterscheiden kannst und auch weißt, welchen du gerade verfasst.

formal and informal letter

  formal informal
opening Dear Sirs Hello dear
  Dear Mrs. XY Hiya
ending Yours faithfully Cheers
  Yours sincerly Bye-bye
Kind regards So long
  See u ~ CU
Hugs and kisses
Luv ya
use of language formal colloquial

Formal letters

Writing the addresses and the date top right corner: your address (with phone number and eMail address),
date (but no name!)
left-hand side: name and address of the receiver
(starting on the line below the date)
Beginning your letter (salutation) Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms + famil name,
(use Ms when you do not know if the woman is married or not)
Dear Sir/Madam (if you do not know the name)
Dear Sir or Madam (if you do not know if you are writing to a man or a woman)
Giving the reason for your letter First paragraph (start with a capital letter):
I have been informed that you ... / I would like to respond to / reply to ...
I am writing to ask whether ... / to say that ... / to comment on ...
Coming to the end of your letter I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you very much in advance for your help.
Finishing your letter (closing phrase) Yours sincerely (you know the person's name)
or: Yours faithfully (you do not know the person's name)
Max Mustermann (your handwritten signature; in addition often a typed one, too, especially if your handwriting is not very clear)
taken from "Sicher ins Zentralabitur", Klett, p. 75
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