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Opening or Beginning A Letter
 
                     

Commonly business letters have three parts

 
 

Dear...

An opening/beginning
Introduction or reason for writing

The main message
Explain your reasons for writing in more detail.

The close
Refference to future contact
example: I look forward to...

       
                     
 

Beginning a letter
1. Below are the most common ways to begin a letter

  We are writing in connection with ...
We are writing to enquire about ...
We are interested in ....
We are interested in ... and we would like to know ...
     
Example:
We are writing to enquire about Indonesia antique reproduction furniture sale as advertised in WXYZ daily newspaper.
We are interested in mahogany furniture and we would like to have further information about the product.

2. If you are replying to a letter, you could open the letter with:

Thank you for your letter,
Thank you for your email ,
We have received your letter,
Thank you for your letter of (date)
  asking if...
concerning ...
enquiring about ....
enclosing ....
 
Example:
Thank you for your letter of 28 June 2008, enquiring about the price of our wooden cabinets.
We have received your letter asking if we manufacture garden furniture.
Thank you for your telephone enquiring about the status of your current order.
   
   
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