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- Familiar letters may be written on lined or unlined paper of any size but usually they are written on note-size stationary of some pastel .
- Familiar letters may be handwritten and may be written on both sides of the sheet of paper.
- The author of the letter usually puts his or her address and at the right-hand side of the heading but does not, as in , put at the left-hand side of the heading the of the person to whom the letter is addressed.
- Depending on the degree of intimacy with the addressee, the writer may use salutations like, Dear Mom, Dear Paul, Dear Jean, Dear Ms. Julie. The salutation is often followed by comma rather than the more formal colon.
- The body of the letter may be written in indented , or doubled-spaced.
- Again depending on the degree of intimacy with the addressee, the writer may use complimentary closes like – Sincerely, Cordially, Affectionately, Yours, Much love, Fondly and As ever.
- And depending on the degree of intimacy with the addressee, the writer may sign his or her full name or just a first name or a nickname.
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