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    Post Same question in point form

    OK maybe my question about signing off letters was a bit too... general.

    How's this then?

    Question no.1

    would you be able to tell me when to use the following singoffs?

    Sincerely,
    Yours Sincerely,
    Sincerely Yours,
    Regards,
    Best / Warm / Kind Regards
    Yours Faithfully
    Faithfully Yours
    Cheers
    And if you know any other ways of signing off feel free to mention them.


    Question no.2

    Many signoffs with 'yours' in them sound like 'I'm dedicated to you' or 'I'm all yours' to me. I know they don't really mean that when used as signoffs but why use phrases that don't really mean what it literally mean? Any story behind it?


    I'd really appreciate any input on this. As always, thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Same question in point form

    Question no.1

    would you be able to tell me when to use the following singoffs?

    Sincerely, Not much used in BrE
    Yours Sincerely, When you have used a name in the salutation
    Sincerely Yours, More AE than BrE
    Regards, Letter to acquaintance/most emails
    Best / Warm / Kind Regards I use best/kind in emails again
    Yours Faithfully Letter beginning dear sir or madam
    Faithfully Yours Not used much in BrE
    Cheers email to friend, but mostly spoken

    And if you know any other ways of signing off feel free to mention them.
    Yours ever is sometimes used in BrE- Tony Blair used it in a letter of support to a friend who'd resigned to show solidarity at a difficult time.



    Question no.2

    Many signoffs with 'yours' in them sound like 'I'm dedicated to you' or 'I'm all yours' to me. I know they don't really mean that when used as signoffs but why use phrases that don't really mean what it literally mean? Any story behind it?

    A little politeness gets the job done- in the past letters were like petitions begging for favours, so some of that has stayed with us.


    I'd really appreciate any input on this. As always, thank you very much.

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