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    salutations

    Dear Teachers,
    We use "Yours faithfully" and "Yours truly" at the end of the official letters or applications.What is the difference between the two?

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    Re: salutations

    First of all, "Yours faithfully" and "Yours truly" are complimentary closings, not salutaions. The salutation is the "Dear ------" portion of the letter.


    "Yours faithfully" is a closing that should ideally be used with a client with whom you have an ongoing relationship, one with whom you've done business with satisfactorily for a period of time. "Yours truly" is a standard closing that is always appropriate.

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    Re: salutations

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    First of all, "Yours faithfully" and "Yours truly" are complimentary closings, not salutaions. The salutation is the "Dear ------" portion of the letter.


    "Yours faithfully" is a closing that should ideally be used with a client with whom you have an ongoing relationship, one with whom you've done business with satisfactorily for a period of time. "Yours truly" is a standard closing that is always appropriate.
    In BrE we do not use Yours truly in business correspondence.

    If we start with Dear Sir/Madam we close with Yours faithfully.
    If we start with Dear Mr Smith/Mrs Smith/Miss Smith/Ms Smith/Luke/Emma, we close with Yours sincerely

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    Re: salutations

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    In BrE we do not use Yours truly in business correspondence.

    If we start with Dear Sir/Madam we close with Yours faithfully.
    If we start with Dear Mr Smith/Mrs Smith/Miss Smith/Ms Smith/Luke/Emma, we close with Yours sincerely
    Then, where to use "Yours truly" in BrE?

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    Re: salutations

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    Then, where to use "Yours truly" in BrE?
    Many of us don't use it at all. If we do, then it is in moderately formal letters to a friend.

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