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IELTS General Writing: how to start and end letters
By:crown academic <[email protected]>

It's important to start and end letters in the correct way, depending on who you are writing to. The table below should give you all you need.

Formal, no name:
• Beginning: Dear Sir or Madam;
• Ending: yours faithfully

Formal with surname:
• Beginning: Dear Mr. Smith;
• Ending: yours sincerely

• Beginning: Dear John;
• Ending: Best regards

• Beginning: Dear John;
• Ending: See you soon. /Best wishes

You should follow the rules for formal letters, but there are many ways to end an informal letter. The main thing is to avoid mixing formal and informal.

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