View Poll Results: How do you end a letter beginning 'Dear Sir or Madam'...

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  • Yours sincerely,

    4,839 32.15%
  • Yours faithfully,

    5,732 38.09%
  • Sincerely yours,

    1,432 9.52%
  • Yours truly,

    371 2.47%
  • Regards,

    2,480 16.48%
  • Love,

    66 0.44%
  • With love,

    57 0.38%
  • Yours ever,

    72 0.48%
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    Default Dear Sir or Madam...

    Are there rules here?

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    Default Re: Dear Sir or Madam...

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Are there rules here?
    Well, I do think love is a little inappropriate for a formal letter.

    :)

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    I wouldn't use it either.

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    Default Some questions

    Dear All,

    I am a beginner at English :wink:

    I have some questions as below:

    1. What does the "yours" mean in those sentences?
    2. Yours ever ?? What does it mean?
    3. Do "Love" and "With Love" have the same meaning?

    Thanks for your answer and have a nice day :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas
    Dear All,

    I am a beginner at English :wink:

    I have some questions as below:

    1. What does the "yours" mean in those sentences?
    2. Yours ever ?? What does it mean?
    3. Do "Love" and "With Love" have the same meaning?

    Thanks for your answer and have a nice day :P
    On the whole, closings have very little real meaning. Whatever is used, a closing is basically just a polite way of ending a letter. If I should, for example, close with Sincerely yours what I say in the body of the letter might nonetheless lack sincerity.

    Yours ever might mean I will be yours forever or it might mean nothing at all.

    I think love and with love have substantially the same meaning.

    :)

    [Edited for punctuation.]

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    Default Re: Some questions

    Dear RonBee,

    Thanks!

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    'Yours ever' is used in BE by some to show that they will always stick by the person they are writing to. Tony Blair uses it in some of his letters to close colleagues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas
    Dear RonBee,

    Thanks!
    You're welcome! :D

    And welcome, I say, to our friendly forum!

    I like your peach. (I never had a peach wink at me before.)

    :wink:

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    Dear tdol,

    >Tony Blair uses it in some of his letters to close colleagues.
    Thanks you tell me that. It's very interesting and funny!!
    And let me know who is Tony Blair (The Prime Minister of UK),thanks!


    Dear RonBee,

    I like this friendly forum :)

    Thanks that you like the peach :)
    I made it yesterday, and actually it's an orange.
    But it's OK. Peach is cute,too. :D

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    It looks like a peachy orange- maybe it's a hybrid.

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