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    Question Letter closing

    Dear friends,

    I received an e-mail letter by a superior colleague, which was closed with "Always yours" ...and name.
    I am not sure, but my understanding is that this ending is not suitable for a letter to a colleague. Or maybe he wants to tell me something by it?

    Please, help me understand,

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    Re: Letter closing

    Quote Originally Posted by monro View Post
    Dear friends,

    I received an e-mail letter by a superior colleague, which was closed with "Always yours" ...and name.
    I am not sure, but my understanding is that this ending is not suitable for a letter to a colleague. Or maybe he wants to tell me something by it?

    Please, help me understand,
    Always yours = Ever yours or Yours ever = at all time, always - a complimentary close at the end of a letter above the signature.
    Still have doubts? Then have a look at here. Don't think twice is all right.
    (Not a teacher)

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    Re: Letter closing

    Thank you, Albertino for your answer.
    What I really want to know is in what cases would one end his letter with "Always yours".

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    Re: Letter closing

    Quote Originally Posted by monro View Post
    Thank you, Albertino for your answer.
    What I really want to know is in what cases would one end his letter with "Always yours".
    Formal
    (letters addressed to diplomats and religious personalities)
    Respectfully yours/Respectfully.

    Semi-formal
    (letters addressed to Government organs, companies and schools/colleges)
    Very truly yours/Yours truly/Yours very truly;
    Very cordially yours/Cordially yours/Yours cordially;
    Very sincerely yours/Most sincerely yours/Yours faithfully/Faithfully yours.

    Informal
    (letters addressed to relatives and friends)
    Sincerely, Sincerely yours;(respectable seniors)
    Love/All my love/Your loving/Yours ever; (very close relationship)
    Best wishes/All the best
    Yours affectionately/affectionately(Family members)
    Best regards/Best wishes/Kindest regards/Warmest regards(Friends)
    (Not a teacher)

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    Re: Letter closing

    Quote Originally Posted by monro View Post
    Dear friends,

    I received an e-mail letter by a superior colleague, which was closed with "Always yours" ...and name.
    I am not sure, but my understanding is that this ending is not suitable for a letter to a colleague. Or maybe he wants to tell me something by it?

    Please, help me understand,
    Hi, monro! Welcome to the forums!

    The fact that you have concerns regarding your colleague's use of 'always yours' indicates to me that you have a hunch that his/her interests may be more than professional. When replying to your colleague's business correspondence I suggest you use the expression 'sincerely' in your complimentary closing. Your colleague will quickly understand that you mean 'business' and not 'personal' in your relationship at work.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: Letter closing

    I wouldn't read too much into an email ending. They are essentially informal communications and there are no adamantine rules for greetings or endings.

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    Re: Letter closing

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I wouldn't read too much into an email ending. They are essentially informal communications and there are no adamantine rules for greetings or endings.
    I think you are right for the general e-mail writers. But in my case I have a very precise and even a meticulous type of person on the other side.

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    Re: Letter closing

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, monro! Welcome to the forums!

    The fact that you have concerns regarding your colleague's use of 'always yours' indicates to me that you have a hunch that his/her interests may be more than professional. When replying to your colleague's business correspondence I suggest you use the expression 'sincerely' in your complimentary closing. Your colleague will quickly understand that you mean 'business' and not 'personal' in your relationship at work.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

    So, I am right then that you would not say "Always yours" to a colleague. I was a little confused, becaused this was the first time he ended his letter like this, instead of with "Best regards".

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    Re: Letter closing

    Quote Originally Posted by monro View Post
    So, I am right then that you would not say "Always yours" to a colleague. I was a little confused, becaused this was the first time he ended his letter like this, instead of with "Best regards".
    Did you mean it carries a flirting implication by 'Always ever"?

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    Re: Letter closing

    Yes, sort of. But I was not sure, that is why I decided to ask these, who may know. I am not that good in English.

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