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    Instead of 'Yours faithfully', what should we write?

    While writing a formal letter to my boss, I use the phrase 'yours faithfully' to end the letter. But what should I write instead of that in the following cases:

    1. While writing a formal letter to the manager of a bank or shop where I am a customer?

    2. While writing a formal letter to may client?

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    Re: Instead of 'Yours faithfully', what should we write?

    Quote Originally Posted by write2subhayu View Post
    While writing a formal letter to my boss, I use the phrase 'yours faithfully' to end the letter. But what should I write instead of that in the following cases:

    1. While writing a formal letter to the manager of a bank or shop where I am a customer?

    2. While writing a formal letter to may client?
    If you are writing any kind of formal or business letter which begins with "Dear Sir/Madam" then "Yours faithfully" is the correct ending.

    If you start the letter with "Dear + recipient's name" then "Yours sincerely" is the correct ending.

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    Re: Instead of 'Yours faithfully', what should we write?

    In AmE, the following are standard/acceptable complimentary closings used in business letters:

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


    "Yours faithfully" is very rarely used as a complimentary closing in business correspondence in the US. If you are writing to a bank or shop where you are a customer, I would suggest "sincerely", "best regards" or "respectfully". If you are writing to a long-time client with whom you have a personal relationship "faithfully yours" might be acceptable; otherwise, "very truly yours", "cordially" or "sincerely yours" are appropriate choices.

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    Re: Instead of 'Yours faithfully', what should we write?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you are writing any kind of formal or business letter which begins with "Dear Sir/Madam" then "Yours faithfully" is the correct ending.

    If you start the letter with "Dear + recipient's name" then "Yours sincerely" is the correct ending.
    When I am writing a letter to the bank manager and I am a client of that bank, is it logical to write 'Yours faithfully'? Because, in this case, the bank is supposed to be faithful to me, I am not obliged to be faithful to the bank, isn't it?

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    Re: Instead of 'Yours faithfully', what should we write?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, the following are standard/acceptable complimentary closings used in business letters:

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


    "Yours faithfully" is very rarely used as a complimentary closing in business correspondence in the US. If you are writing to a bank or shop where you are a customer, I would suggest "sincerely", "best regards" or "respectfully". If you are writing to a long-time client with whom you have a personal relationship "faithfully yours" might be acceptable; otherwise, "very truly yours", "cordially" or "sincerely yours" are appropriate choices.
    I think this is more logical.

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    Re: Instead of 'Yours faithfully', what should we write?

    Quote Originally Posted by write2subhayu View Post
    I think this is more logical.
    It's not really a question of being more logical; it's just the way it's done in America. Few people actually think about the meaning of the words - they are just polite formulae.

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