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Writing Letters

This KS2 English will test you on writing letters. When writing a letter, it is important to know whether it should be formal or informal. E-mail has overtaken the letter as the usual way to send information, news, or a longer message to someone. Fewer and fewer letters are sent every year.

It's still important, however, to know how to write letters correctly. Besides being used for more serious purposes, such as job applications, many people send letters just because they know the recipient will enjoy them. There's nothing nicer than receiving an informative, interesting and enjoyable letter from a good friend through the post.

Check your knowledge of letter-writing by trying this English quiz.

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  1. When should you use 'Yours sincerely,'?
    If you have addressed your letter to a specific person (i.e. Mr. Roberts or Mrs. Jennings), you should use 'Yours sincerely,'
  2. Which of these would be out of place in an informal letter?
    You would see those words in a formal letter.
  3. The first paragraph of a formal letter will usually include which information?
    In the first paragraph of a formal letter, you will usually introduce yourself and explain why you are writing.
  4. If you do not know the name of the person to whom you are sending the letter, how should you address it?
    Hey, you! would be rather impolite and you probably wouldn't get a response.
  5. Besides addresses, what other information should go before the body (main section) of the letter?
    The stamp should go on the envelope!
  6. Where would you write the address on a postcard?
    If you wrote it on the front, the postman wouldn't see it.
  7. What should you write at the top right-hand corner of a formal letter?
    It's important to give your address so the recipient knows where to send a response.
  8. You could send an informal letter to ____.
    Your aunt and uncle might be very surprised if you sent them a formal letter!
  9. If you write a formal letter in response to a job advertisement, you will be writing a ____.
    The root word of application is apply, which is what you are doing (applying for a job).
  10. Both a letter of complaint and a persuasive letter should include which of the following?
    If you simply complain, you might not get a reply.

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