Useful Phrases for Informal Letters or Emails
The words and expressions below are often used by native speakers when writing to friends
and relatives. Using them will help you write in an informal style and will also help you
organise your letter into clear paragraphs.
Starting your letter (Paragraph 1)
Thanks for your letter.
Lovely to hear from you.
How are you?
How are things?
Hope you're well.
Commenting on something (Paragraph 1)
I'm sorry to hear/learn ...
I'm so pleased to hear ...
It's great to hear ...
What wonderful news about ...
Moving the topic on (Paragraph 2)
Anyway, the reason I'm writing ...
I thought I'd write to tell/ask you
Anyway, I was wondering ...
Ending your letter (Paragraph 3)
Well, that's all for now
Write back soon
Looking forward to hearing from you again
All the best
See you soon
Lots of love
Useful Phrases for Formal Letters or Emails
Useful Phrases for writing formal letters
a) Writing formal letters generally:
Reason for writing:
I am writing in response to your article/advertisement/letter
I am writing with regard to your article/advertisement/letter
I am writing regarding your article/advertisement/letter
Ending the letter:
I look forward to receiving your reply
I look forward to your reply
b) Writing formal letters to request information
Reason for writing:
receive further information about
receive more detailed information about
receive further details about
Requesting first piece of information:
The first thing I would like to know is
First of all I would like to know
I wonder if you would mind telling me ….?
Requesting further information:
Could you also tell me….?
Could you also inform me ….?
Would you also mind informing me ….?
Would you also mind telling me ….?
Do you know ….?
I would also like to know if
I would also like to know whether
I hope you might also let me know about …
Thanking for information:
I would like to thank you in advance for this information
Thanking you in advance for this information
Thanking you in advance