Thursday, December 22, 2011

Transactional Letter 3

Remember that Part 1 of Paper 2 is compulsory. There is only one question -  a formal or an informal letter.

Look at the question below.

You were travelling by train recently and left something that belongs to you on the train. Write a letter to the lost property officer enquiring about the thing you lost. Use these notes in your letter. Do not write any addresses.

-       date of journey
-       destination and departure time
-       description of object

Do's and Don'ts


  • question tags
  • contractions
  • linkers like well, anyway, by the way
  • All the best or Love from Alex at the end of your letter


  • begin the letter with either Dear Sir / Madam or Mr / Ms/ Dr + the person’s surname
  • use formal language, eg I look forward to receiving your reply
  • end the letter with Yours faithfully or Yours sincerely
  • sign your letter with your full name


  • explain why you are writing
  • say what you lost and when, describe it
  • ask how you can get it back
  • thank the recipient of the letter in advance

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