Semi-formal letters

What is exactly a semi-formal letter? A semi-formal letter is not a formal letter and not an informal letter 🙂 Ok, let’s get serious … semi-formal letters are sent to people you don’t know very well or when you want to be more polite and respectful (e.g. a pen friend’s parent, a schoolteacher, etc.). For this reason they are written in a more polite tone than informal letters. Here are some tips of what a semi-formal letter should consist of:

  • a formal greeting

e.g. dear Mr. and Mrs. Baker

  • an introduction in which you write your opening remarks and clearly state the reason(s) for writing

e.g. Thank you very much indeed for you kind offer… 

  • a main body in which you write the main subject(s) of the letter in detail, starting a new paragraph for each topic
  • a conclusion in which you write your closing remarks

   e.g. I am looking forward to seeing you next month…

  • a semi-formal ending

 e.g. Regards/Best regards/Best wishes, etc. + your full name

Other tips: less frequent use of short forms, phrasal verbs and idioms; use a polite, respectful tone.

18 thoughts on “Semi-formal letters

  1. evangeline

    I find it very useful. thank you. but maybe I could find examples of letters so that I can have an idea on constructing it. 🙂

  2. Hajar Benlhabib

    Hey, thank you for your explanations 🙂 that’s so kind 🙂 well, I was wondering if you could post some examples, like some subjects that can be used in a semi formal letter !!

  3. Sayo Gbemi

    Thanks its a nice work well done .My comment is this, can ƔƠ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡u give example in writing of the semi formal letter fully

  4. Matouš Turan

    Thank you very much 🙂 It really helps me. Iam from Czech Republic and I study english only two years. Your blog is very helpful.

      1. Thank you very much 🙂 Iam very glad that here is a person like you. Your blog is really good and useful. If I can do something for you it will be my pleasure 🙂

    1. Dear Chima Rita, thank you for your comment and for reading my blog. Of course you can also use “Yours sincerely”, “Faithfully yours”, “Yours cordially”, “Yours truly”, etc. for the closing of the semi-formal letters. For a better understanding you can read the other 2 types of letters (formal and informal).

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