English Writing Exercises for A1 – An informal letter

Preparation

1. Complete the key phrases with the words below.

know that ___ ?

thing, ___

what!

if you / we could ___

about (+ -ing form)?

Replying sooner.

wrote to you.

tell you that ___ / about ___ ?

we / you could ___

news!

reply sooner.

could ___

don’t you / we ___ ?

guess what (happened ___ )

A   Apologising

Sorry, it’s ages since I ________.

Sorry I didn’t ________.

Apologies for not ________.

B   Giving news

Listen, did I ________.

Guess ________.

You’ll never ________.

Good news! / Bad ________.

By the way, did you ________.

Oh, and another ________.

C   Making suggestions

10 How ________.

11 Maybe you / we ________.

12 Why ________.

13 It would be great ________.

14 If you like, ________.

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1 Sorry, it’s ages since I wrote to you.

2 Sorry I didn’t reply sooner.

3 Apologies for not replying sooner.

4 Listen, did I tell you that ___ / about ___ ?

5 Guess what!

6 You’ll never guess what (happened ___ )

7 Good news! / Bad news!

8 By the way, did you know that ___ ?

9 Oh, and another thing, ___

10 How about (+ -ing form)?

11 Maybe you / we could ___

12 Why don’t you / we ___ ?

13 It would be great if you could ___

14 If you like, we / you could ___

2. Read the letter. Where do we write these things? Write the correct numbers (1-3).

Extra information (__..)      Date (__..)      Writer’s address (__..)

                                                                           (1)

                                                                           (2)

Dear Bradley,

Thanks for your letter. Apologies for not replying sooner. I’m very busy at the moment with revision for exams. I have to study every evening for two or three hours!

Listen, did I tell you that I’m going to see Plymouth play next week? Would you like to come along? The match is on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the stadium in Plymouth. The team are playing really well at the moment and I think that they will win. Tickets are only £8. I’ll get one for you if you like. Gemma and Ross are going too, so it will be fun. It would be great if you could come.

That’s all for now.

Love, Alice

(3)

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Extra information 3 Date 2 Writer’s address 1

Writing Guide

Strategy

Spend a few minutes planning and making notes before you start writing your letter.

3. Read the Writing Strategy. Then read the task below and make notes.

Write a letter to a friend. Include the following points:

–  Apologise for not writing sooner.

–  Describe a sports event that you are going to watch.

–  Invite your friend and tell him / her how much the tickets cost.

–  Say who else is going to the event.

1   Opening phrases

________.

________.

2   What is the sporting event?

(which sport? teams? where? when?)

________.

________.

________.

3   Phrases to make a suggestion

________.

________.

4   How much are the tickets?

________.

________.

5   Who else is going?

     ________.

     ________.

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your own answers

4. Write your letter. Lay out the letter correctly and include phrases from exercise 1.