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    Yours as always, always yours

    I would like to know if it is normal to end a letter with yours as always or always yours, or it is mainly used when there is a special relationship between both people.
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    Re: Yours as always, always yours

    Both are grammatically correct, but to be honest I've never seen either of them used in my entire life. If I had to choose between the two, I'd say Always yours. The other one, Yours as always, just sounds strange to me, especially in a letter close. The phrase as always is sometimes used in a rather flippant or sarcastic manner, like when a co-worker comes in at 9:10 and someone says "Late as always."

    Anyway, here are a few of the most common ways to close a letter:


    • Yours,
    • Sincerely,
    • Sincerely yours,
    • All the best,
    • Best wishes,
    • Regards,
    • Kindest regards,
    • Best regards,
    • Warmest regards,
    • With kindest personal regards,
    • Cordially,
    • Many thanks,
    • Respectfully,
    • Respectfully yours,
    • Thank you for your consideration,
    • Thank you for your time,

    The relative level of familiarity or formality is a mixed bag here, so use your own judgment. However, for family members or the close equivalent, the most common close is just

    • Love,

    Hope this helps.

    Greg

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    Re: Yours as always, always yours

    Quote Originally Posted by Quizi View Post
    I would like to know if it is normal to end a letter with yours as always or always yours, or it is mainly used when there is a special relationship between both people.
    Thanks
    Dear Quizi:

    Both closings are used, but they mean different things. Yours as always means I am yours; nothing has changed.
    Yours always means I will always be yours. It's like saying, Eternally yours.

    The first is an informal closing. I have a friend who closes every letter with As always, meaning As always, I remain your friend.

    The second is a more intimate closing, appropriate for a love letter.

    I hope this is useful,

    Petra

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