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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Business letter closing

    Hi,

    I am wondering if the phrase "If you have any questions, please contact the underwritten" is still used?

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    #2

    Re: Business letter closing

    Maybe I've had a very sheltered life but I have never seen it used.

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    #3

    Re: Business letter closing

    The word you're looking for is "undersigned" not "underwritten."

    However, I think it's horrible. If it's my name below, then I should tell you contact ME if you have any questions, and I should not refer to myself in the third person as "the undersigned."
    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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    Re: Business letter closing

    not a teacher

    I have seen 'undersigned' being used in letters. I think it is old-fashioned and sounds overly formal. There are other formal words like aforesaid, abovementioned, herewith, hereby, hereinafter, etc which I thought only lawyers would use.

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    #5

    Re: Business letter closing

    You sometimes still see undersigned in letters signed by a number of people, like letters to newspapers protesting at something.

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