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1. formal
2. semi-formal
3. formal
4. semi-formal
5. informal
6. semi-formal / informal
7. semi-formal / informal


1. formal
2. formal
3. formal
4. formal
5. informal
6. informal
7. informal

1. formal
2. formal
3. formal
4. formal
5. ìnformal
6. ìnformal
7. ìnformal


Dear Simon,

I am using kind of mistakes (like below), and i can't change my writing style anyway, i tried.
can it affect my score ? Please answer cause i am worry about that, Many Thanks

InteRnational, or moRe

Dear Simon
I'm not experienced at writing and I should say that I'm disappointed with my results in it. As you can easily suggest I'm going to take an IELTS exam soon. But I decided not to hire a tutor and get ready by myself.
Some of my friends suggested me that the website you created maybe very useful for me. And I see there are a great deal of necessary information including examples and typicals are here. I hope I could find the site I looked for. Thank you very much.
respectfully your Ugiloy

actually, it depends on the topic

Hi Simon,

Waiting for the new video for general training.

You have recently been employed to work in a foreign country, but you are yet to start. One of your relatives is also interested to go with you and work for the same company. Write a letter to your manager and say

– Tell him/her about yourself and your job.
– Introduce your relative and say what kind of job he/she is interested in.
– Why do you recommend him/her for this job?

Hi Simon,

Please post model answer for the below task1 topic

You have an extra room in your apartment and would like to rent it out to a student. Write a letter to the university council officer and say:

– Describe your apartment and the facilities available.
– Why do you want to rent out a room?
– What kind of tenant would you prefer?


Number 5&6 is informal writing. All another's is formal writing. When you write to a your neighbor, which you should use formal letter too. Because they are not live in your house.


I think the term "semi-formal" is confusing, so I've decided to avoid it. Let's keep things simple by deciding that a letter is either formal or informal. So here are my suggestions:

1. a hotel manager - FORMAL
2. your boss - FORMAL
3. the local council - FORMAL
4. your child's teacher - FORMAL
5. a friend - INFORMAL
6. a work colleague - FORMAL OR INFORMAL
7. a neighbour - FORMAL OR INFORMAL

I think we have a choice with numbers 6 and 7. You might address your work colleague in a formal way (if you don't know him/her) or in an informal way if you are friends. It's the same with a neighbour: if have a problem with an unfriendly neighbour, you would probably write a formal letter, whereas you'd write an informal letter to a friendly neighbour.

Instead of the using term "semi-formal", I think it's easier if we accept that sometimes there is a choice between formal and informal - it depends on the type of relationship that you have with the person (and hopefully this will be indicated in the question).

1. formal
2. formal
3. formal
4. semi formal
5. informal
6. semi formal
7. semi formal

There are cultural variations here. In Australia, it would be very strange to write a formal letter to your boss, because your boss is someone you (should) have a friendly relationship with, and writing a formal letter would be considered rude (except in rare occasions such as a resignation letter). We also use small talk when we correspond with our boss, this is not personal, but work related.

Yes, I'd agree with that sjm - both formal and informal letters should be acceptable if we're writing to a boss. I suppose it all depends on the relationship and the purpose of the letter e.g. whether it's your immediate boss or someone much higher up in the company.

Here's a formal letter that I wrote to a boss. I think the slightly formal tone works ok here:



I just took my exam last Saturday, there was a GT question which was quite tough to decide whether it might be a formal or informal. I hope you could help to clarify, thanks

The question:
A couple you know who are in their 60s is going to visit your city
- suggest a place to visit
- tell them what to prepare
- recommend a place to stay

The problem with the question is you are more likely to write a letter to someone you know quite well, the purpose is also not for business or work at all. But their age is a problem here, when you are writing to someone who is much older (around your parents or grandparents' age), you cannot write in a friendly or casual way but you should show them a certain level of respect

Eventually, I decided to write a semi-formal style which began and ended with
Dear Mr and Mrs Brown,

... (formal words) ...

I hope you will have a pleasant trip

I'm not entirely sure this may be a good choice, therefore, I hope you can help to explain the suitable tone here for the question

Thank you

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