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Paper 2 Part 2 – Informal letter/email

A LETTER/AN EMAIL (formal or informal) is written in response to the situation outlined in the task. Letters/emails in the Cambridge English: Advanced Writing paper will require a response which is consistently appropriate for the specified target reader.

When a response is framed as an email, letter-writing conventions such as an opening salutation, clear paragraphing and closing phrasing are always important.


  • DO begin by giving a reason to write. You would normally start with a greeting, then acknowledge the letter or some key information given in the letter to which you are replying.
  • Use paragraphs in which you cover each of the points mentioned in the task input.
  • As well as the points mentioned in the task input, think of some of your own ideas.
  • Identify the function(s) you should use (e.g. advising, reminding, requesting, suggesting…).
  • Make sure the points covered follow a logical right order so that the whole letter/email is coherent.
  • Finish the letter/email in a natural way, by arranging to see or contact the person your are writing to again soon.
  • Remember to use an informal tone.