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Letter to the Editor. Use of English. Introduction. You are going to learn the following things about the letter to the editor … The purpose The format The organization The language. Why do we write letters to the editors?. To comment on news item, articles, other people ’ s letters

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Letter to the Editor

Use of English


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Introduction

  • You are going to learn the following things about the letter to the editor…

    • The purpose

    • The format

    • The organization

    • The language


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Why do we write letters to the editors?

  • To comment on news item, articles, other people’s letters

  • To complain

  • To express opinions on controversial issues

  • To praise, thank, suggest, etc.


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Format


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Format

  • Heading :

    • State briefly the topic you want to talk about in the letter

    • Example: Hazard to the Public

  • Introduction:

    • Identify the topic of the letter in your first paragraphs

    • Example: I have read something about the use of mobile phones and I would like to write a few words about this.


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Format

  • Body:

    • Develop your argument in detail in the body of your letter

    • Example:

      • As from the articles, I learnt that the use of mobile phones may cause damage to the brain. Certainly their use causes great annoyance to everyone who has to listen to their beeping and ringing, and people shouting into them. What else is a hazard to oneself and to the public? Smoking is one of it and now, smoking is banned or prohibited in many public areas. People are fined for the inconsiderate action they have done to others.


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Format

  • Conclusion:

    • End with an indication of action you expect to be taken. Or, call for reader’s support to your ideas.

    • Example:

      • So, let’s do the same with the use of mobile phones.

        Yours faithfully,

        Mr. Nono

  • Sample: Exercise_Letter to a Parent.doc


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Points to note in writing the letter

  • Underline the heading of you letter

  • A reply letter: underline all the points which you are going to comment on or discuss

  • Make sure that your facts are correct, with some evidence and reasons for your points


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Points to note in writing the letter

  • One opinion or argument in one paragraph

  • Be polite and reasonable.

  • Read the instructions carefully – are you writing comments on a new issue or replying to a given letter?


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Some phrases you can use

  • 1. Opening (Introduction)

    • I’m writing to express my views on… / concern about…/ support for… / opposition to…

    • I would like to draw your (somebody’s) attention to…

    • I would like to respond to (somebody’s name) ’s letter about…

    • I want to comment on (somebody’s name) ‘s letter about…


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Some phrases you can use

  • 2. Expressing your opinions

    • In my opinion, …

    • I think…

    • I feel…

    • To my mind, …

    • In my view, / From my point of view, …

    • As I see it, …

    • To me, …

    • As far as I’m concerned, …


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Some phrases you can use

  • If you support / agree…

    • I support…

    • I’m in favour of…

    • I’m all for…

    • I absolutely / totally agree with (other writer) ‘s point about…

    • (Other writer) is quite right to say that…

    • I am in total agreement with (Other writer) about…


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Some phrases you can use

  • If you oppose / disagree…

    • I’m against…

    • I’m opposed to…

    • I oppose…

    • I completely disagree with (other writer) ‘s point about…

    • I’m afraid I don’t agree with… (More polite)

    • I don’t entirely agree with… (More polite)


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Some phrases you can use

  • If you agree partially and disagree with other parts…

    • While I agree that…, …I can’t support…


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