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  • Yours sincerely,

    4,839 32.15%
  • Yours faithfully,

    5,732 38.09%
  • Sincerely yours,

    1,432 9.52%
  • Yours truly,

    371 2.47%
  • Regards,

    2,480 16.48%
  • Love,

    66 0.44%
  • With love,

    57 0.38%
  • Yours ever,

    72 0.48%
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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #1

    Dear Sir or Madam...

    Are there rules here?

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    Re: Dear Sir or Madam...

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Are there rules here?
    Well, I do think love is a little inappropriate for a formal letter.

    :)

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    I wouldn't use it either.

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    Some questions

    Dear All,

    I am a beginner at English :wink:

    I have some questions as below:

    1. What does the "yours" mean in those sentences?
    2. Yours ever ?? What does it mean?
    3. Do "Love" and "With Love" have the same meaning?

    Thanks for your answer and have a nice day :P

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    Re: Some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas View Post
    Dear All,
    I am a beginner at English :wink:
    I have some questions as below:
    1. What does the "yours" mean in those sentences?
    2. Yours ever ?? What does it mean?
    3. Do "Love" and "With Love" have the same meaning?
    Thanks for your answer and have a nice day :P
    1) The yours is an abbreviation for a formula used hundreds of years ago: 'your [[humble and] obedient] servant'. But I doubt whether many native speakers are aware of the derivation.

    2) There were also other, less formal, forms of words: '[ever] your [devoted] friend/admirer' - 'yours ever' came from these. There were even formal uses of 'ever'. The most effusive would be 'ever your humble and obedient servant'. But most uses for 'ever' are less formal. You would not, today, write 'yours ever' in a formal letter.

    3)

    b

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    Re: Some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas
    Dear All,

    I am a beginner at English :wink:

    I have some questions as below:

    1. What does the "yours" mean in those sentences?
    2. Yours ever ?? What does it mean?
    3. Do "Love" and "With Love" have the same meaning?

    Thanks for your answer and have a nice day :P
    On the whole, closings have very little real meaning. Whatever is used, a closing is basically just a polite way of ending a letter. If I should, for example, close with Sincerely yours what I say in the body of the letter might nonetheless lack sincerity.

    Yours ever might mean I will be yours forever or it might mean nothing at all.

    I think love and with love have substantially the same meaning.

    :)

    [Edited for punctuation.]

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    Re: Some questions

    Dear RonBee,

    Thanks!

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    'Yours ever' is used in BE by some to show that they will always stick by the person they are writing to. Tony Blair uses it in some of his letters to close colleagues.

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    Re: Dear Sir or Madam...

    Complimentary closings vary from country to country, but in AmE, the traditional closings for a business letter (which I presume this example to be, as it's not particularly romatic to begin a love letter with "Dear Sir or Madam" ):

    Sincerely,
    Sincerely yours,
    Very truly yours,
    Regards,
    Best regards,
    Respectfully,

    Politicians running for office will often sign their correspondence "Yours faithfully." They're dangerously close to Tony Blair territory....it probably won't be too long before "Yours ever" catches on over here.

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    Re: Some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas
    Dear RonBee,

    Thanks!
    You're welcome! :D

    And welcome, I say, to our friendly forum!

    I like your peach. (I never had a peach wink at me before.)

    :wink:

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