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Semi-Block Letter Style

The semi-block letter is a more traditional letter format than the full-block or block. The identifying features of the semi-block style letter is the left justification of the inside address (3) and salutation(4) and the indentation (five to ten spaces) of the first line of each paragraph(5). The dateline(2) is placed to the right or to harmonize with the letterhead. . The complimentary close(6) and the signature line (8) are typed to the right of the horizontal center of the page.

Click on the numbered items to go to the corresponding part in the letter below
  1. Heading
  2. Date line
  3. Inside address
  4. The salutation
  5. The body
  6. Complimentary closing
  7. Signature
  8. Typed name
  9. Title
  10. Additional information


XYZ COMMCO, INC.[1| Return]
111 Any Street -- San Francisco, CA 94118 -- (415) 221-1212

May 22, 2005 [2 | Return]

Mr. John Smith [3| Return]
XYZ Company
123 Anything Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94115

Dear Mr. Smith: [4| Return]

Blah blah blah. With the semi- blocked letter style each paragraph begins with a five to ten space indent. Some more important information continues in the first paragraph for two to four sentences. [5| Return]

Blah blah blah. Between paragraphs there is additional line space indicating a new paragraph. As before, the paragraph has a first line indent. The date of composition, receiver’s address, complimentary close, sender’s name, and sender's title are set right of center. The additional information is left aligned. [5| Return]

Sincerely yours, [6| Return]

Terry or Terry D. Sender(signed) [7| Return]

Terry D. Sender [8| Return]

Project Manager [9| Return]

TDS:YS [10| Return]
CC: A. Receiver, B. Receiver

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