For informal letters, it may go at the top of the page.
The UK, the date format is day-month-year: In block format, the date is left justified; in modified block or semi-block format, it begins one tab (five spaces) right of centre.
Jump to: Formatting your letter Sender's address Date Recipient's address Salutation Body Closing and signature Example letters Letters typically follow one of three formats: are reserved for personal correspondence.
Most formal and semi-formal letters should be typed. If you are typing, use 10- to 12-point font and single line spacing for composing your letter.
In semi-block format, the paragraphs are still left justified, but the first line of each paragraph is indented by one tab (five spaces). In the first paragraph of your letter, you should introduce yourself to the recipient, if he or she does not know you, and state your purpose for writing.
If the address is not on the letterhead, include it at the top of the document.
Do not include your name: In block format, the sender's address is left justified: in other words, flush with the left margin.
Type it two lines below the recipient's address (or date, for informal letters).
In formal and semi-formal letters, it ends with a colon. The body includes most of the content of your letter.
For other letters, type it two lines below the date. Your letter should be addressed to a specific person, if possible.
Include a courtesy title (i.e., Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms., Dr.) for the recipient; confirm what title the person prefers before writing your letter.
Only omit the title if you do not know the person’s gender (i.e., for unisex names).
If you are unsure of a woman's marital status or title preference, use followed by the recipient's first name, for informal letters, or a courtesy title and the recipient's last name, for all other letters.
In modified block or semi-block format, they begin one tab (five spaces) right of centre: See a formal letter in block format (pdf).
See a semi-formal letter in modified block format (pdf).