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    Is it necessary for a personal letter (friendly letters) to have a signature? Does it make a difference if it is handwritten or typed if you put your signature or not?
    In my book I have Type or print your name . The handwritten singnature goes above this line and below the complimentary close. But in the samples there is no place for signatre.

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    Default Re: personal letters+signature

    In an informal, personal letter, you should close with a handwritten signature only.
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    Default Re: personal letters+signature

    That doesn't have to be your full signature- just the first name will do.

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    Default Re: personal letters+signature

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That doesn't have to be your full signature- just the first name will do.
    And sorry isn't it important if you type it or not? I mean if you type your letter do you need your signature besides writing your name in an informal and formal personal letters? And if it is handwritten does it make any difference if it is formal or informal?

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    Default Re: personal letters+signature

    Whether you write your letter by hand or type it, your signature should always be handwritten. It doesn't matter how formal or informal the letter is.
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    Default Re: personal letters+signature

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Whether you write your letter by hand or type it, your signature should always be handwritten. It doesn't matter how formal or informal the letter is.
    OK. I mean for example:

    Sincerely yours,
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    or

    Sincerely yours,
    Bob

    or both can be correct?

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    Default Re: personal letters+signature

    If it is an informal, friendly letter, type the "Sincerely yours," part but do not type your name. Just sign "Bob" under it.

    If it's slightly more formal and you want to sign your first and last name, you can do that too.

    If it's slighloy more formal and you want to type your name under your signature then you must obviously leave some room for your signature. It goes ABOVE the typed name.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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