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    Difference between US and UK business mail

    Could you please tell me the difference between the US and the UK English in drafting a business mail?

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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    I think the differences are not significant, to require you to write differently that is.

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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    Here's one possible difference:
    American students in some areas have been taught to write a colon after the greeting in business letters ("Dear Sir:") while British people usually write a comma ("Dear Sir,") or make use of the so-called open punctuation ("Dear Sir"). However, this practice is not consistent throughout the United States[citation needed], and it would be regarded as a highly formal usage by most Americans.

    American and British English differences - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    See also How to Format a US Business Letter and http://www.scribd.com/doc/2081298/Bu...iness%20letter

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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    See also How to Format a US Business Letter and Business Letters Formating
    The two articles don't really distinguish between a US business letter or a UK business letter though.
    I am keen to know too, whether there is any difference in approach towards writing a business letter in the US and in the UK (other than the ':/, ' after the greeting and the differences in spellings of words, cheque/check, colour/color, etc)?

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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    The two articles don't really distinguish between a US business letter or a UK business letter though.
    Well, the first one isn't supposed to as its called "How to Format a US Business Letter." The second one, cited at a UK site, provides standards, noting that
    There are certain standards for formatting a business letter, though some variations are acceptable (for example between European and North American business letters).
    In other words, variations; e.g., colon vs comma, are accepted.

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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    The two articles don't really distinguish between a US business letter or a UK business letter though.
    I am keen to know too, whether there is any difference in approach towards writing a business letter in the US and in the UK (other than the ':/, ' after the greeting and the differences in spellings of words, cheque/check, colour/color, etc)?
    The differences in spelling are more a matter of personal preference. If you've been taught BrE, you'll use "colour" and "cheque." If you've learned AmE, you'll use "color" and "check." In any case, one is no more or less correct than the other, and the recipient of your letter will understand your meaning.


    Other than the colon/comma difference, one difference I've noticed between US and UK business letters is the complimentary closing. Standard US closings are:
    Sincerely,
    Sincerely yours,
    Very truly yours,
    Cordially,

    While in the UK, it's not uncommon to use:
    Yours faithfully,
    Kind regards,
    Best regards,


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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    While in the UK, it's not uncommon to use:
    Yours faithfully,
    Kind regards,
    Best regards,
    Also
    Best wishes,
    Yours sincerely,

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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Standard US closings are:
    Sincerely,
    Sincerely yours,
    Very truly yours,
    Cordially,

    While in the UK, it's not uncommon to use:
    Yours faithfully,
    Kind regards,
    Best regards,
    Yes, there are minor difference of preference. But, given that it's a business letter, I think it's more important to get the tone right than the choice between Sincerely and Faithfully.
    For example, if it's a letter to someone you don't know, you'd use "Yours Sincerely" (or similar). If you know your correspondent personally - maybe you've had a drink with them after work, or simply shared a lot of letters - you might use "Kind Regards" (or similar).


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    Re: Difference between US and UK business mail

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, there are minor difference of preference. But, given that it's a business letter, I think it's more important to get the tone right than the choice between Sincerely and Faithfully.
    For example, if it's a letter to someone you don't know, you'd use "Yours Sincerely" (or similar). If you know your correspondent personally - maybe you've had a drink with them after work, or simply shared a lot of letters - you might use "Kind Regards" (or similar).
    In the UK, Dear Sir/Madam>> Yours faithfully; Dear Mr/Ms/Miss/Mrs xxxx/ Dear (personal name) >> Yours sincerely.

    Best Regards
    Best wishes
    Kind Regards

    all these should precede the final salutation and are optional.

    Informally
    , "Yours" is quite usual as a final salutation.

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