Letter Writing Questions and Answers – Social Letters

This set of English Grammar Exercises (MCQs) focuses on “Letter Writing – Social Letters”.

1. What is the classification of letters based on?
a) According to the receiver
b) According to the writer
c) According to writing style
d) According their purpose
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Answer: d
Explanation: Letters may be classified according to their different purposes. They are a mainly two types – Social letters and Business letters.

2. Which of the following does not constitute as Social letters?
a) Friendly letters
b) Notes of invitation
c) Letters of application
d) Letters to relations
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Answer: c
Explanation: Social letters mainly constitutes letters to relations and intimate friends, notes of invitation etc. These are also often referred to as informal letters.

3. What is the style of letter to be followed for friendly letters?
a) Formal application style
b) Formal invitation style
c) Conversational style
d) Polite expression style
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Answer: c
Explanation: Letters to relations and intimate friends should be written in an easy, conversational style. They are really of the nature of friendly chat with a close acquaintance.

4. Which of the following is not a form of address of a friendly letter?
a) Dear Sir
b) Dear Mother
c) My dear Niece
d) Dearest Sister
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Answer: a
Explanation: In friendly letters to relations and intimate friends, the proper form of address is the name of the person to whom you are writing. This is prefixed by terms such as Dear, My dear, Dearest, etc.

5. When writing to a friend much older than you, what should be the form of address?
a) Dear Lal
b) Dear Mr Sanjay Lal
c) Dear Sanjay
d) Dearest Sanjay
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Answer: b
Explanation: The forms of address slightly vary depending on the type of friendly letter. If you are writing to an ordinary friend who is much older than you are, or of superior rank, it is respectful to use a prefix like Mr, Mrs, Shri, etc.

6. Which of the following is the incorrect form of subscription to relatives?
a) Your loving nephew
b) Yours affectionately
c) Yours truly
d) Yours very sincerely
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Answer: c
Explanation: The forms of subscription are varied. The following can be used in letters to relatives and near friends – Yours affectionately, Your affectionate (or loving) son, or brother or friend, Yours very sincerely (to friends).

7. What is the correct conclusion to a letter addressed as “Shri or Mr”?
a) Yours sincerely
b) Yours faithfully
c) Yours truly
d) Your kind friend
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Answer: a
Explanation: In concluding letters to friends or acquaintances whom you address as “Shri or Mr” you should use the word sincerely or very sincerely, in the subscription. Sincerely should not be used in letters beginning with the formal Dear Sir, after which the proper word of subscription is faithfully or truly.

8. Which of the following is not a friendly letter?
a) A letter to your uncle on his 60th birthday
b) A letter to your mother telling her you dislike your new college
c) A letter to your cousin encouraging him for his exams
d) To the editor of a newspaper regarding waste management in the city
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Answer: d
Explanation: Friendly letter consist of letters to friends, relations and close acquaintances. Letters to newspapers have different characteristics and must be considered as a separate category.

9. What is the general tone of an invitation?
a) Second person
b) Second person plural
c) Third person
d) First person
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Answer: c
Explanation: A formal invitation is generally written in the third person. It should contain no heading, no salutation, and no complimentary close.

10. Where should the writer’s name appear in an invitation?
a) Heading
b) Body of the letter
c) Subscription
d) Superscription
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Answer: b
Explanation: The writer’s name should appear in the body of the letter. In a formal invitation, there is no heading, no salutation, and no complimentary close.

11. Where should the address of writer and date be written?
a) In the body of the letter
b) To the left, below the communication
c) Below the salutation
d) In the heading
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Answer: b
Explanation: There is no heading, no salutation, and no complimentary close in a formal invitation. The address of the writer and the date should be written to the left, below the communication.

12. What is the format of informal invitations?
a) Like ordinary friendly letters
b) Like letters to newspaper
c) Like formal invitations
d) Like formal letter
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Answer: a
Explanation: Informal notes of invitation, acceptance and refusal are like ordinary friendly letters. Although these are wriitten using more formal language.

13. How are informal invitations addressed?
a) Sir/Madam
b) By name
c) Using prefix
d) Using dear
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Answer: b
Explanation: The informal invitations are similar to ordinary friendly letters. They are written using formal language and are addressed to the recipient by name.

14. Which of the following is not the formal closings used in invitations?
a) Yours affectionately
b) Yours very sincerely
c) Sincerely yours
d) Your loving son
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Answer: d
Explanation: In invitations, a formal tone is used. The formal close is usually any of the following – Sincerely yours, Yours sincerely, Yours very sincerely, Yours affectionately (to relations, or intimate friends).

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