I started a letter with:

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing this letter in complaint to the poor service and inappropriate food quality and price I received from your restaurant.

As I was checking my writing, I mentioned that every sample online begins like this:

I am writing this letter to complain about blah blah blah...

I am not sure if my statement is rare or incorrect. Please brighten me.

by the way, English is a foreign language to me, so please excuse any wrong use of language and feel free to correct each and any mistakes I may have made throughout this question. Any advice is appreciated.

2 Answers 2


Never right. You must always use to complain about.

That said, no native speaker would ever misunderstand in complaint to so you should be fairly safe unless your letter goes to an unhelpful, non-native employee.

As you suspected, there are plenty of other errors in your post but this isn't the place for them… you need to find a teacher or translator.


To complain about is definitely the better choice. It's better to use a verbal form (infinitive) "to complain" rather than a noun "complaint"

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