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CONTENT Writing invitation letters INTRODUCTION The invitation letter is one type of the personal letter.

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2 CONTENT Writing invitation letters

3 INTRODUCTION The invitation letter is one type of the personal letter.

4 The form of the normal personal letter 34, Coolgardie Avenue, Highams park, A London E4 9HP 20 July 1984 B Dear Alan, C Dr/Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Wicks, I’m writing to you … D LETTER Love, E Yours (sincerely), `Robert (Bridge)

5 LANGUAGE NOTES A.Your address always goes in the top right-hand corner. The address of the person you’re writing to does not appear in a personal letter. B.The date always goes under the address. This can be written as: Tuesday, 20 th July or July 20 th or 20/7/84 or

6 C.Dear + Christian name or Dear + Title + Surname are the only address forms. D.The first line of the letter usually starts below the end of the address form.

7 E.Love and variations (lots of love etc.) are intimate or affectionate; Yours is friendly without expressing intimacy; Yours sincerely is quite formal in a personal letter. There are other very personal and individual ways of ending a personal letter that you’ll develop naturally with close friends.

8 MODEL This is a letter of invitation from a man and woman to a friend of the same age to come and stay with them.

9 26 Hope Road TORQUAY Devon TQ 6 8PR 26 October 1984 Dear Jo, I’ve just heard from your parents that you’re back in England and looking for a new job. While you’re waiting, why don’t you come down and see us for a few days or longer – we’re got a spare room? It hasn’t begun to rain yet so, with luck we ought to be able to visit a few places in the area, even take a walk on Dartmoor. Well, think about it, and we both hope you can come. Love, Liz ( and Robert).

10 LANGUAGE NOTES The expression of invitation in this letter was ‘… why don’t you come…’ Other are: ‘How about coming…’ ‘We think it’d be a good idea …’

11 More tentative invitations would use expressions like: ‘Is there any chance of you/your coming…’ ‘We were wondering if you could/wanted to come…’

12 Invitations to people of a different age of to people you don’t know very well would use expressions like: ‘We would like to ask you to come…’ ‘We wondered if you’d like to come..’ ‘We would like to invite you to…’

13 PRACTICE Practice 1 Write A or B AYou are having a dinner party. Invite a friend – in a letter, not a note – to the party. Give the details. BThe parents of a very close friend have decided to visit your country for a holiday. You don’t know them very well, but would l like to offer them hospitality or your time as a guide.

14 Practice 2 Write a or B AYou’d like to go to Yugoslavia for a holiday next summer. Write and invite to go with you. BYou’re going to be in London for a couple of night. Two British friends of yours live there. Invite them out for a meal – at your expense – while you’re there.

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