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Difference Between Memo and Letter

Memo vs Letter

Animals communicate with each other; information and ideas are shared between them through messages that one sends to another. When the recipient understands what the sender is trying to convey to him, the process is completed.

There are many forms of communication. Communication can be verbal which is the most common and done with words, or non-verbal which is done through body language and visual images or through writing or written communication.
Ancient written communication was done through pictographs written in stone; then paper was discovered allowing written communication to become mobile. It allowed people to communicate with each other even if they are far away through writing letters.

A letter is a message that is sent by a person to another meant to convey information that he wants the person to receive. It can be short or long, and it has many types: thank you letters, personal letters, and business letters.
A business letter is exchanged between businesses and their clients. It contains more words and information and uses formal language. Each word in a business letter is carefully selected and planned for since it is intended for communicating with people who are vital to a business or company. It addresses a specific topic and is sent to specific individuals. It can be as long as the sender wants it to be and is meant to be read only by the intended recipient. It is usually sent through a courier or delivered by a representative of the company.

There is another way of communication in a business setting. It is usually intended for internal communication, that is, it is used to convey messages within the organization or business. It is called a memorandum or memo.
A memo is usually informal, short, concise, and to the point. It is used to call a meeting or to call an individual to action. It has a header which indicates where it comes from, who it is addressed to, the date, and the subject of the memo. It can be addressed to a single person or to all of the people in the company. Like a letter, a memo can be written by hand, typewritten, or printed from a computer. Unlike a letter, it does not necessarily need a courier to send it since it is intended for a recipient within the organization although memos can also be sent to other branches of the organization.
Summary:

1.A letter is a short or long message that is sent by one person to another while a memo is a short message that is sent by a person to another.
2.A letter is more formal and contains more information while a memo is informal and is very short.
3.A memo is more concise and to the point as compared to a letter.
4.A letter is exchanged between businesses and their clients while a memo is exchanged between individuals within an organization.
5.A memo usually has a header that states where it is from and who it is intended for while a letter may or may not have this feature.


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