An informal letter is a letter that one writes to its friends and relatives. Writing a letter is a skill that is losing its charm with time. But it is very important to know how to write an informal letter. Informal letters are written to the close acquaintances of the sender or writer. Before the telephonic conversations and Chatting applications, it was the informal letters that kept people in touch. Informal letters were mainly used for personal communications, mainly to someone whom the sender knows well.
While writing an informal letter the format below can be referred to:
Address of the sender in 2-3 lines
<Greeting> Dear friend or name or the relative referring to
<Introduction> Asking the well how of the receiver and expressing your well-being.
<Body > Here the sender can write with the details. The body of an informal letter can be as long as possible unlike informal letters. There are no limitations while writing an informal letter.
In the last paragraph do wish the elders, kids in the receiver’s family and wish for their well-being. The sender can also mention the words like “Waiting for your reply or response”
<Conclusion> Now comes the ending of the letter. One can use words like “Warm regards” while concluding an informal letter.
<Signature> Here the sender can either write his name or sign it.
Here are some of the differences between a formal and an informal letter that must be understood well before beginning the writing.
|S.No.||Basis||Formal Letter||Informal letter|
|1||Length||Short and crisp||Very detailed and long|
|2||Greeting||Sir, ma’am, name of the company||Friend, name of the receiver|
|3||Address||Address of both sender and receiver||Only the address of the sender is mentioned|
|4||Body||To the point with proper references||No such prescribed limitations|
|5||Subject||The proper subject should be there||No need for subject|
|6||Conclusion||Expressing gratitude||Wishing every acquaintance with respect|
|7||Signature||The logo or seal of the sender must be there||The only name will do the job|
|8||Written to||Organisations and formal institutions||Close acquaintances|
|9||Replaced by||The formal letters are replaced by E-mails or PDFs||The informal letters are now replaced by phone calls, video calls, or chatting applications.|
Q. Whom do we write an Informal letter to?
Ans. We write informal letters to our close acquaintances like friends and relatives.
Q. How to conclude an Informal letter?
Ans. An informal letter should be concluded with a statement expressing love and respect to the kinds and elders respectively.