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what is the difference between "postcard" and "letter"?
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I'm not a teacher, but a postcard is simply a small piece of card, normally with a photograph on one side and space for writing on the back. It is usually sent as is, without being put into an envelope. A letter, on the other hand, is written on a piece (or many pieces) of paper, and is normally mailed in an envelope.
 
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I'm not a teacher, but a postcard is simply a small piece of card, normally with a photograph on one side and space for writing on the back. It is usually sent as is, without being put into an envelope. A letter, on the other hand, is written on a piece (or many pieces) of paper, and is normally mailed in an envelope.

Stuart is right but notice, co2, that some people mail a postcard in en envelope if they do not want others to see what is written on the back. It does not change anytihng though. It is stil a postcard;-)
 
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so, this is the difference between them. I send the letter any time but the post card according to the occasion, is that right?

could you tell me about those occasions that I should send a post card not a letter?
 

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so, this is the difference between them. I send the letter any time but the post card according to the occasion, is that right?

could you tell me about those occasions that I should send a post card not a letter?

Postcards are often sent as holiday souvenirs. The most common reason for sending them is to give the recipient a photo of some place the sender has visited with a brief message on the back. That's why popular tourist destinations have many stands and stalls selling postcards, so that the tourists can buy a card and send it to friends or family saying "I was here."
 
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so, this is the difference between them. I send the letter any time but the post card according to the occasion, is that right?

could you tell me about those occasions that I should send a post card not a letter?

in my country we mail post cards for Christmas, someone's birthday, Easter etc. to wish all the best;-)
 

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in my country we mail post cards for Christmas, someone's birthday, Easter etc. to wish all the best;-)


We send card for those occasions too, but they are not normally postcards. We use the word "postcard" for things like these:
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For Christmas, birthday, etc., we call them "greeting cards" or "Christmas cards", "Birthday cards", etc., and they look like these:
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You'll note that what we call postcards are single, unfolded small cards. Greeting cards are folded and almost always sent in envelopes, whereas postcards are normally sent without envelopes. That's how we use the terms here in NZ, anyway.
 
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