As you probably know writing a letter is the first task for the writing section of your IELTS. What’s incredibly practical is to have a mind bank of various phrases that can be used for any letter regardless of topic. So I’ve brainstormed and come up with some useful expressions worth memorizing!
• I am writing this letter to (inform you about/ enquire about/ request/ apologize/ confirm)
• I am contacting you for the following reason
• I would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter
• Could you possibly (tell me about/ inform me of)
• I am delighted to inform you that
• I regret to inform you that
• I am writing to (express my dissatisfaction with/ complain about)
• I would like to apologize for
• My sincerest apologies
• I regret any inconvenience caused
• Thank you for taking this into consideration
• I really appreciate your (understanding/ time/ patience)
The phrases above deal with the body of the letter. For any letter format you need to remember to address the recipient. Always start your letter with ‘Dear’ followed by the person’s name. Ending a letter in the correct format is just as important to the overall structure. Sign off your letter with a ‘Sincerely’, ‘Best Regards’ or ‘Yours Faithfully’ followed by your name.