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    How should I send my regards?

    A written communication is often closed with a kind line sending regards. In Spanish this has become common practice even in non-personal communications (v.g. professional or commercial). However, I am trying to get a better understanding of how this works in English.
    I usually use expressions such as: Kind regards, warm regards, best regards or even just "regards". I have always assumed that this is OK, but will certainly appreciate any comments.
    My real question is when you are sending a greeting to someone different from the recipient (such as a colleage or common friend). Is it OK to say "Please give my regards to X"?
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    #2

    Re: How should I send my regards?

    "Send my regards to X" is formal.

    "Say hi to X for me" is informal.

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    #3

    Re: How should I send my regards?

    But I would not use that as the closing of my communication!

    In a personal note, you can end with "My best to you and your family" or something similar, but even in a personal letter, I wouldn't end with a sentiment to someone else. That could be the second to last sentence instead.
    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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    #4

    Re: How should I send my regards?

    Quote Originally Posted by cnatera View Post
    My real question is when you are sending a greeting to someone different from the recipient (such as a colleage or common friend). Is it OK to say "Please give my regards to X"?
    This is fine, but like Barb_D I would add a sentence after it to close the letter with regards to the recipient.

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