Formal Vs Informal Letter Writing Quiz

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Do you know how to write a formal or informal letter? Can you differentiate between these two letter types? If so, this "Formal vs. Informal Letter Writing Quiz" will not be hard for you. Do you agree with us? Take this quiz and check if you know the basic rules of letter writing. Formal letters follow a specific writing style format, whereas informal letters do not. Formal letters are official and professional, whereas informal letters have a friendly tone. Now, it's time to answer a few questions to test your knowledge.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of these is a correct formal letter introduction?

    • A.

      Hello John

    • B.

      Hello Mr. Jones

    • C.

      Dear Mr. Jones

    • D.

      Alright Mate

    Correct Answer
    C. Dear Mr. Jones
    Explanation
    Whether or not you know the name of the person, always begin a formal letter with 'Dear . . .'

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  • 2. 

    Which of these should not be in a formal letter?

    • A.

      Slang

    • B.

      Tough words

    • C.

      Date

    • D.

      Your name

    Correct Answer
    A. Slang
    Explanation
    Slang should never be used in a formal letter.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these would not be acceptable in a formal letter?

    • A.

      Cannot

    • B.

      Do not

    • C.

      I am

    • D.

      Wouldn't

    Correct Answer
    D. Wouldn't
    Explanation
    "Wouldn't" is a contraction. Contractions, such as 'wouldn't,' should never be used in a formal letter. Instead, use the full word or words, in this case, 'would not.'

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  • 4. 

    Your name and address always go in the _________ corner of a formal letter.

    • A.

      Top left

    • B.

      Top right

    • C.

      Bottom left

    • D.

      Bottom right

    Correct Answer
    A. Top left
    Explanation
    In a formal letter, your name and address are conventionally placed in the top-left corner for proper formatting and professional presentation. This provides the recipient with essential contact information and establishes a standard practice for effective communication in written correspondence.

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  • 5. 

    What do you say in the opening part of a formal letter?

    • A.

      Tell how good the weather is in your city

    • B.

      Inform the recipient about the motive of the letter

    • C.

      Tell how good you are doing

    • D.

      Tell how good the weather is in the recipient's city

    Correct Answer
    B. Inform the recipient about the motive of the letter
    Explanation
    We always write why we are writing the letter in the opening part of a formal letter. 

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  • 6. 

    Which of these words is inappropriate for a formal letter?

    • A.

      Sir

    • B.

      Buddy

    • C.

      Madam

    • D.

      Respected

    Correct Answer
    B. Buddy
    Explanation
    “Buddy” is a friendly way to address someone. Hence, we don't use it in a formal letter.

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  • 7. 

    Where should you write the date in your letter?

    • A.

      Under your address

    • B.

      Above your address

    • C.

      Under the recipient's address

    • D.

      Above the recipient's address

    Correct Answer
    C. Under the recipient's address
    Explanation
    The date belongs under the recipient's address. It is the last thing you write before your salutation.

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  • 8. 

    When writing your letter on a computer, how should you align your text?  

    • A.

      Left

    • B.

      Right

    • C.

      Centre

    • D.

      Justified (spread out to fit the whole line)

    Correct Answer
    A. Left
    Explanation
    Always align your writing to the left-hand side of the letter

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  • 9. 

    What things should you always do when writing a formal letter?

    • A.

      Use paragraphs

    • B.

      Make a cup of tea before you start

    • C.

      Use correct sentences

    • D.

      Put in some colorful pictures

    • E.

      Check your spelling

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Use paragraphs
    C. Use correct sentences
    E. Check your spelling
    Explanation
    You should use paragraphs, correct sentences, and proper spelling when writing a formal letter.

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  • 10. 

    Personal letters may be short or long but they are usually ________. (Select all that apply)

    • A.

      Chatty

    • B.

      Informal

    • C.

      Professional

    • D.

      Friendly

    • E.

      Formal

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Chatty
    B. Informal
    D. Friendly
    Explanation
    Personal letters are typically written in a casual, conversational tone, making them chatty, informal, and friendly. They often reflect the writer's personal style and relationship with the recipient, rather than adhering to formal or professional standards. 

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