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    what does the " REF" in letter indicates

    hi...
    can anyone tell me , what does the "Ref" , which we write below the "subject" as follows, indicates in a formal letter. I mean, at the "sub" , we write the total gist of the letter. At the "Ref" what we should write??

    Date

    To Address

    Sir,

    Sub:

    Ref:










    I

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    Re: what does the " REF" in letter indicates

    In reference to. It refers to some other document that has already been sent. While the subject is the overall reason, the reference is to a specific document.

    Subject: Allegation of underpayment of taxes
    Ref: Your letter of Dec 22, 2010, file #1233445

    Dear Mr. Bowman:
    etc.

    In my experience, the "Dear Sir" or "Dear Mr. Smith" comes below both the subject and the reference line.
    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: what does the " REF" in letter indicates

    There's also:

    Ref. is an abbreviation for reference
    It is written in front of a code at the top of business letters and documents. The code refers to a file where all the letters and documents about the same matter are kept. (BUSINESS)
    Our Ref: JAH/JW.

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    Re: what does the " REF" in letter indicates

    thank you so much...................



    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In reference to. It refers to some other document that has already been sent. While the subject is the overall reason, the reference is to a specific document.

    Subject: Allegation of underpayment of taxes
    Ref: Your letter of Dec 22, 2010, file #1233445

    Dear Mr. Bowman:
    etc.

    In my experience, the "Dear Sir" or "Dear Mr. Smith" comes below both the subject and the reference line.

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