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    best regards / cheers / smile

    What is the name for phrases ending a letter, for example "Best Regards"? Quite sure "Cheers" could be used for ending a letter, but what about "Smile"? Could "Smile" be used? Are there any other phases could aslo be used? Thanks a lot!

    Emily Wong

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    Re: best regards / cheers / smile

    Hello Emily

    I would call it the "close" or the "ending". There may be another phrase, though – if so, maybe another member will know.

    Here are some options:

    Yours sincerely - for use in letters and emails, when you start the letter "Dear Mr X".

    Yours faithfully - for use in letters and emails, when you start the letter "Dear sir".

    Best wishes - for use in a greetings card; increasing used in letters and emails too.

    Best regards - for use in a business email.

    Kind regards - for use in a business email.

    Cheers - for use in an email to a friend.

    See you later - for use in an email to a close friend.

    Other members may be able to think of other phrases!

    Bye
    MrP

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    Re: best regards / cheers / smile

    Technically, it's called the "complimentary closing."


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    Re: best regards / cheers / smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Technically, it's called the "complimentary closing."
    I think the most accurate term is "valediction":

    val·e·dic·tion (vl-dkshn)n.

    1.
    An act of bidding farewell; a leave-taking.
    2. A speech or statement made as a farewell.
    3. A word or phrase of farewell used to end a letter or message.


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    valediction - definition of valediction by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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