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Important notice

Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

business letters: consistency

For uniformity and consistency, put the parts of the letter, as applicable, in the order in which they are presented below. Each part will start two-to-five lines below the preceding part.

  1. Letterhead
  2. Date
  3. Delivery (mailing) notation
  4. Reference line
  5. Inside address
  6. Name of person, title, name of organization
  7. Attention line
  8. Salutation or greeting
  9. Subject line
  10. Body of the letter
  11. Complimentary close
  12. Signature
  13. Reference initials
  14. Enclosure notation
  15. Carbon copy notation
  16. Postscript