Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Slovak
      • Home Country:
      • Slovak Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Slovak Republic

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 33
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Post Ending to the formal letter!

    Which ending should I use in the formal letter when I use " Dear Manager" as greeting.
    Should I use Yours faithfully/ Yours sincerelly. I did not use the name so I think I should use the first one?
    Last edited by Martina Durisova; 03-Feb-2012 at 15:37.

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Ending to the formal letter!

    For me, "Dear Manager" is not an appropriate salutation. It shoud be either 'Dear Sir/Dear Madam' or 'Dear Mr/Ms/Miss/Mrs Name'
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Feb-2012 at 14:52.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 24,998
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Ending to the formal letter!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    For me, "Dear Manager" is not an appropriate salutation. I shoud be either 'Dear Sir/Dear Madam' or 'Dear Mr/Ms/Miss/Mrs Name'
    I agree entirely. "Dear Manager" is very impersonal and looks as if you could not be bothered to find out their name. If you really don't know the name then "Dear Sir" or "Dear Madam" is appropriate.

    It's possible that the following is no longer observed, but when I was doing my typing and secretarial course, I was told:

    Dear Sir/Madam - Yours faithfully
    Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms + surname - Yours sincerely

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 2,130
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Ending to the formal letter!

    Traditionally,
    Yours faithfully - formal, impersonal
    Yours sincerely - informal, personal

    I think there is less distinction between the two these days in formal letters.

    not a teacher

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Ending to the formal letter!

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Traditionally,
    Yours faithfully - formal, impersonal
    Yours sincerely - informal, personal
    'Yours sincerly' is not really informal though it is more personal - as emsrd said , it is used when we address someone by name.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 24,998
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Ending to the formal letter!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Yours sincerely' is not really informal though it is more personal - as emsrd said , it is used when we address someone by name.
    As I said, things may have changed since I was formally taught this, but certainly when I was doing my course, "Yours sincerely" was the formal ending to a letter provided you had used the addressee's name.

    The only informal endings (which were discouraged in a formal letter, of course) were "Yours", "Regards" and nothing at all between the final paragraph and your signature.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •