Social Letters

The Social Letters which are written to relations and intimate friends should be written in an easy, conversational style. The Social letters are really of the nature of friendly chat: and, being as a rule unpremeditated and spontaneous compositions, they are informal and free-and-easy as compared with essays. Just as in friendly talks, as in friendly letters, we can touch on many subjects and in any order we like. And we can use colloquial expressions which would in formal essays be quite out of place. But this does not mean that we can be careless and slovenly in dashing off our letters. For, it is insulting to ask a friend to decipher a badly written, ill-composed and confusing scrawl.

The Social Letters which are written to relations and intimate friends should be written in an easy, conversational style. So, it must for us to take care and preserve some order in expressing our thoughts. Above all, it must be remembered that, however free-and-easy may be our style, we are as much bound by the rules of spelling, punctuation, grammar and idiom in writing a letter as we are in writing the most formal letter.

The Social Letters which are written to relations and intimate friends should be written in an easy, conversational style. Such ungrammatical expressions as “an advice, those sort of things and he met my brother and I" are not permissible both in a friendly letter and in a business letter. Mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar at once stamp a letter-writer as uneducated.

Forms of address:

In Social Letters to relations and intimate friends, use the proper form of address.

The proper form of address is the name (without title) of the person to whom you are writing, prefixed by such qualifying terms as Dear, My Dear, Dearest etc…

For examples:

Dear Father,

Dear Mother,

Dear Brother,

Dearest Sister,

Dear Edward,

My Dear Bill,

But if you are writing to an ordinary person who is much older than you are, or of superior rank, it is respectful to use a prefix like Mr., Mrs., Ms. Etc…The Social-letters which are written to relations and intimate friends should be written in an easy, conversational style.

For Example:

Dear Mr. Bill,

Dear Mrs. Bill Mary,

Students who write to their teachers should use this prefix while addressing their teachers.

The forms of subscription will vary:

The following can be used in letters to relatives and near friends.


Yours affectionately,

Yours affectionate son,

Yours affectionate daughter,

Yours affectionate friend,

Yours affectionate brother,

Yours affectionate friend,

Yours very sincerely, (this form of subscription can be used for friends)

In concluding letters to friends or acquaintances whom you address as Mr. or Mrs., you should use the word
sincerely or very sincerely in the subscription.

Use these kinds of phrases before taking leave.

With love and best wishes.

From your affectionate friend,

The word
sincerely should not be used in letters beginning with Dear Sir after which the proper word of subscription is faithfully or truly.

Few sample Social-Letters have been given here for your reference:

Letter of Congratulation on a Promotion
Letter apologizing for absence
Letter expressing moral supports
Letter of Encouragement to attain the target
Letter to Welcome a new employee
Letter expressing support to the injured employee
Letter apologizing for cancelled event
Letter requesting to give speech at dinner
Letter of Love written by a boy to his sweet-heart
Letter of a Wife written to her husband who is far away

Letter of Thanks for helping out to make a Function Successful
Letter of Thanks for making travel arrangements
Letter of Thanks for hospitality on a visit
Letter of Thanks for a gift
Letter of Confidence about Son’s Progress
Letter of Travelogue describing a journey to London
Letter of Motivation to a friend who is depressed
Letter of Welcome to a foreign friend about to visit your country
Letter to a Friend who is planning to go aboard
Letter Greeting on the Birth Day

Letter Greeting on Winning Scholarship for Higher Studies
Letter Greeting for Receiving an Award
Letter Greeting on the Success of Business
Letter Greeting for Marriage-Engagement
Letter of Invitation to visit a village
Letter Inviting to the Celebration of Birth Day
Letter Inviting to a Dinner Party
Letter Inviting to a Felicitation Function
Letter Congratulating on the Birth of a Girl Baby
Letter Congratulating on the Birth of a Boy Baby

Letter Congratulating on the Celebration of Wedding Anniversary
Letter Congratulating for the Successful Graduation
Letter Congratulating for the Success of the Function
Letter Congratulating on Success in the Election
Letter of Congratulation on one selected for a salesman post
Letter of Suggestion about his son's career
Letter of Advice on Matters about Love
Letter of Advice on Vegetarianism
Letter Rendering Advices to improve one's English knowledge.
Letter Requesting to reduce the rent for the House

Letter Requesting for a Donation
Letter Requesting Parents to attend School Function
Letter of Complaint against the discrimination towards women.
Letter of Complaints about fleecing of tourists
Letter of Complaint about unfair marking in Examination
Letter of Condolence on the death of a child
Letter of Condolence on the death of husband
Letter of Condolence on the death of wife
Letter to a Club for membership of the club
Letter seeking Information for a new telephone connection

Letter Asking Permission to join NCC
Letter describing Independence Day celebrated in your school
Letter Asking your uncle to send a Personal Computer to you
Letter inviting your friend to a function in your house
Letter Seeking Permission to join an excursion
Letter Thanking your uncle for the birthday present he has sent you
Letter asking your class teacher for leave for two days for your illness
Letter to your headmaster asking for a testimonial
Letter to the factory manager seeking his permission to visit his factory
Letter to a bookseller ordering for books

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