An Informal letter is a personal letter written to someone we are familiar with. An informal letter can be written for any reason or purpose. An informal letter is also called personal letter, the recipient could be your friend, sibling or other family member.
An Informal letter is just a written means of communication. When writing an Informal letter, there are no real strict rules to follow unless you’re writing it in an examination.
You are allowed to make use of slang, abbreviations and codes when writing an Informal letter.
You can afford to be casual and friendly. There is no limit to pleasantries.
This is an example of an informal letter.
I had to leave after waiting for 2 hours, but you promised to be back in only 10 minutes! Hmm, it’s so typical of you to be disappointing. I kept the keys under the rugs. Keep your big head out of trouble till I’m back. Lol. XOXO
However, if you’re asked to write an Informal letter in an examination, there is a format you need to use. Here are the steps to follow:
Your Address and date: In an informal letter, this should be written at the top right corner of the page and the date should follow.
5 Adeniran Street
23 November 2015
Salutation: It could be the recipient name, nickname or short greeting. E.g Dear John, Johny, Hey, Hi, Hello
Introduction: Greetings and pleasantries
How are you doing? I got your letter last week, so you’ve made up your mind concerning which course to study, cool. I have some really juicy gist for you and I bet you’ll be shocked when you’re done reading this.
Body: The second paragraph should convey whatever it is you want to get across, in details.
Conclusion: The last paragraph of an Informal letter should be conclusive, a summary of what you’ve been writing about.
Complementary Close In an Informal letter, you are not required to sign, just the complimentary close and your name. This goes at the bottom of the letter. Yours sincerely is always acceptable, followed by your name or nickname. Variations are possible for very close relationships e.g. Your friend, Your sister, Lots of love, etc.
Informal Letter Features
1. Your address
Top right hand corner, properly punctuated with full stops and commas
Do NOT include the name, position and address of the addressee
Below your address, you may follow either style as of formal letters
Depending on the circumstances and relationship, Dear (first name/nickname) is appropriate
5. Subject of the letter
6. Body of the letter
Paragraphs should be indented. The style should be appropriate: use colloquial language, abbreviations, jokes etc
7. Complimentary Close
This goes at the bottom of the letter. Yours sincerely is always acceptable, followed by your name or nickname. Variations are possible for very close relationships e.g. Your friend, Your sister, Lots of love, etc.
Essay Writing: Informal Letter
How To Write an Informal Letter
Even when writing an Informal letter, it is a good idea to arrange your ideas fairly clearly. Informal letters vary quite a bit in the way they are set out, but this general frame work usually works.
Bear in mind AMPS when writing an Informal letter. AMPS stands for Audience, Medium, Purpose and Style.
Taking AMPS into account will affect the way you write your letter.
A (Audience): Who are you writing your letter to? In this case, you are writing to a personal friend: your relationship with that friend has a direct impact on how you write.
M (Medium): In this case, a letter.
P (Purpose): What is your purpose? Why are you writing the letter? What is the letter for?
S (Style): What style of writing is therefore appropriate: semi-formal or informal?
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