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    Question about formal letter format.

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    For many years since leaving Sandbach Grammar School (in 1977) I've been using the same format for all of my letters. I'm new to this website and I've seen that there are no longer any 'indents' when using new paragraphs. I.e. - every new paragraph now begins from the furthermost left side of the page.
    Another thing I've noticed is the new fashion for leaving a space between paragraphs.
    Perhaps you could let me know if there are hard and fast rules? I'd like to write my letters correctly and in the latest 'proper' way but I'm a little unsure wether or not my old-school way of doing things is still valid.
    Many thanks in advance,

    Yours faithfully,

    Paul Greenwood.

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    Re: Question about formal letter format.

    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    For many years since leaving Sandbach Grammar School (in 1977) I've been using the same format for all of my letters. I'm new to this website and I've seen that there are no longer any 'indents' when using new paragraphs. I.e. - every new paragraph now begins from the furthermost left side of the page.
    Another thing I've noticed is the new fashion for leaving a space between paragraphs.
    Perhaps you could let me know if there are hard and fast rules? I'd like to write my letters correctly and in the latest 'proper' way but I'm a little unsure wether or not my old-school way of doing things is still valid.
    Many thanks in advance,

    Yours faithfully,

    Paul Greenwood.
    What you have observed is very common. Paragraphs are not indented and they are left-justified. A space is placed between paragraphs. I don't know if these are hard and fast rules, but this format has become the most common, in my experience.

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    Re: Question about formal letter format.

    Welcome to Using English, Paul.

    In addition to Mike's answer, click on Resources near the top of the page, then Letter Writing.

    Rover

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