一般的英语书信包括信头 (Heading)、日期(Date)、收信人姓名及地址(Inside Name and Address)、称呼 (Salutation)、信文(Body of the letter)、结束语(Complimentary close)、署名(Signature)和附言(P.S.)。信头，指的是写信人的地址。地址的写法与中文的有区别，顺序应该从小到大。写日期的时候应注意，年份要写完整，月份除了May, July外，其他的月份可以使用缩写，但是不能使用数字来表示。写收信人姓名及地址的时候要注意使用称号，如对普通男子用Mr,对未婚女子用Miss，对已婚女子用Mrs等。称呼是指对收信人的称呼，一般会使用Dear开头，信文是信的主要内容，也是信的主体部分。署名的时候一般使用Yours作为结尾，.附言是当写信人突然想起还有事情要说的时候，在信的署名下面写上P.S.，然后写上要补充的内容即可。
20 June 2006
Dear Mr. Seaton，
Thank you very much for taking me with you on that splendid outing to London. It was the first time that I had seen the Tower or any of the other famous sights. If I'd gone alone, I couldn't have seen nearly as much, because I wouldn't have known my way about.
The weather was splendid on that day, which I thought was rare. I still remember some people told me that in Britain there was weather and no climate. During the same day, it might snow in the morning, rain at noon, shine in the afternoon and be windy before the night falls. So I think I was lucky.
I think the river trip was the best thing of all. London really came alive for me as we saw it from the Thames during that wonderful journey down to Greenwich. It was all tremendously exciting - a day that I shall never forget.
Thank you for giving me such a great birthday treat.