Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Moreover, these phrases are very useful in real life!

Take note on the excellent vocabulary in the phrases, and note these down as far as informal / formal tone for your Writing and Speaking.

In the General Training letter, for Task Achievement, you must have consistent tone throughout your letter. Thus, you must be flexible with both formal and informal words and phrases.

On the General letter questions, you are often asked to compose a letter of complaint, or ask for help.

The letter of complaint is usually formal, but asking for help could be formal or informal, depending on the situation.

Instead of sayingI have a problem.


Unfortunately / Forgive me for saying, but I’m experiencing a dilemma(formal)

Honestly, I’m kind of grasping at straws right now. (informal)

I’m at my wit’s end(informal / formal)


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Also, it is important to note that building out the context is important, communicating specific details about each bullet point.

Instead of sayingI’m looking forward to seeing / meeting you.


I’m looking forward to making your acquaintance(formal)

I can’t wait to hang out and catch up(informal)

Instead of sayingPlease call me.


Don’t hesitate to reach out via phone. (formal)

Please call at your earliest convenience(formal)

Give me a ring / shout whenever. (informal)

Practice using these phrases in your letters and Speaking answers!

To keep adding to your phrases for letters, look at advice columns for informal language, and letters to the editor sections in newspapers, for formal language.

How would you use these phrases?

Share your examples in the comments section below!



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