Business Letters in English
Business letters are formal paper communications between, to or from businesses and usually sent through the Post Office or sometimes by courier. Business letters are sometimes called "snail-mail" (in contrast to email which is faster).
Who writes Business Letters?
Most people who have an occupation have to write business letters. Some write many letters each day and others only write a few letters over the course of a career. Business people also read letters on a daily basis. Letters are written from a person/group, known as the sender to a person/group, known in business as the recipient. Here are some examples of senders and recipients:
business «» business
business «» consumer
job applicant «» company
citizen «» government official
employer «» employee
staff member «» staff member.
Formatting Business Email
When using email in business, most of the guidelines for standard formatting in business letters apply. Here are a few differences:
Choose a subject line that is simple and straightforward. Refrain from using key words that might cause an email to go into another person's trash box.
Repeat the subject line in the body of the email, beneath the salutation (as with a letter).
Use the "cc" address line to copy more than one person with your correspondence.
You can request a receipt for important letters. The system will automatically let you know when someone has opened your email. …
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