Dear Sir or Madam....

Which is correct?

  • Yours faithfully

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Tdol

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Which do you use?
 
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I don't really think it matters. You could use either correctly, IMHO.
 

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In BE, 'faithfully' is regarded as the correct option where no name is used. ;-)
 
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Now that you say there's no name involved, faithfully does sound correct. Sincerely sounds open ended.
 

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Hey, tdol! What is the name for "Yours sincerely" or "Sincerely yours" or "Yours faithfully"? And what kind of a letter would not have a signature (no name)?
 

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RonBee said:
Hey, tdol! What is the name for "Yours sincerely" or "Sincerely yours" or "Yours faithfully"? And what kind of a letter would not have a signature (no name)?

What tdol meant was when YOU don't know the name of the person you're writing to you should end with 'Yours faithfully" and 'Yours sincerely' when you do.

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Thank you for clearing that up. ;-))
 

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If "dear sir" is the opening, is "sincerely yours" the closing?

:?
 

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RonBee said:
If "dear sir" is the opening, is "sincerely yours" the closing?

:?


In BE, that would not be the case- we'd use 'faithfully'. ;-)
 

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dduck said:
You might consider adding Dear Madam, but essentially yes.

Iain
I always use 'Sir or Madam' as I think just 'Sir' is not appropriate with so many women in the workforce. 'Madam' alone might be rectifying history, but I wouldn't go for it. ;-)
 

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Although many BE users get them mixed up. ;-)
 
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