Difference between Official and Demi-official Letter - QS Study
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Difference between Official and Demi-official Letter

Official and Demi-official Letters are written for almost same purpose. Still, there exist some differences between these two letters. The major differences are pointed below.

Official Letter

  • Purpose: The purpose of official letter is to serve pure official mitten.
  • Language: Official letter is written in formal and well-accepted official language.
  • Nature: Official letter is formal and impersonal in nature
  • Status: In official letter, position is more important than the person, who writes it.
  • Structure: Official letter is written by following officially recognized structure.
  • Copy: Copies of official letter are distributed to concerned person.
  • Salutation and complementary close: Use of salutation and complementary close depend on official and hierarchical relationship between sender and receiver.
  • Appeal: Its appeal is universal even in the absence of the receiver.
  • Method: Official letter may follow direct or indirect method.
  • Use of Grammar: First person or third person is used in drafting this letter. Moreover, it is written in plural numbers.

 

Demi-official Letter

  • Purpose: Demi-official letter serves some personal affairs along with official matters.
  • Language: Demi-official letter is written in such a language that has personal tone.
  • Nature: It is less formal and more personal in nature than official letter.
  • Status: In this letter, the person who writes the letter gets more importance than his position.
  • Structure: Demi-official letter does not follow any specific structure.
  • Copy: No copy is distributed to anyone.
  • Salutation and complementary close: Use of salutation and complementary close depend on personal relationship between sender and receiver.
  • Appeal: Its appeal is limited to the specific receiver only.
  • Method: It always follows direct method.
  • Use of Grammar: This letter is usually written in first person singular number.