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PB2K
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Oct 17, 2007, 04:50 PM
 
What do English speaking people sign with under an informal letter? All I can come up with is

regards,
cheers,
yours sincerely,

I'm sure it can be a lot more casual
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Oct 17, 2007, 04:52 PM
 
yours truly,
sincerely,
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Oct 17, 2007, 04:53 PM
 
Best,
Kind regards, (maybe a little too hoity toity)
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Oct 17, 2007, 04:53 PM
 
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Oct 17, 2007, 04:57 PM
 
Depends on the letter.
If I am asking for something or implying something I mind end with a thanks. If it is to a friend that is close I will probably just sign (or write if electronic) my name. If it is a step above then probably just sincerely.

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Oct 17, 2007, 04:58 PM
 
best,
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Oct 17, 2007, 05:06 PM
 
I haven't heard of "Yours sincerely" before.

My technical communication teacher likes Best regards, regards, and sincerely.
     
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Oct 17, 2007, 05:09 PM
 
In love,

Yours truly,

Best,

All the best,

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Oct 17, 2007, 07:18 PM
 
Fond Regards
( Last edited by moonmonkey; Oct 17, 2007 at 07:51 PM. Reason: I was joking)
     
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Oct 17, 2007, 07:20 PM
 
"Regards," or "Best," are probably the most casual of the more serious options. "Sincerely," is sort of all-purpose.
( Last edited by SpaceMonkey; Oct 17, 2007 at 11:14 PM. )

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Oct 17, 2007, 07:29 PM
 
I usually end business correspondences with 'Best Regards'. With people I'm more familiar with I generally use 'Cheers'. For close friends and relatives I just sign my name.
     
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Oct 17, 2007, 08:13 PM
 
I hate the way "Best" is used.

Best what you lazy f*ck. You don't even mean best. You just chose a four letter ambiguous word because you are too lazy to choose a truly appropriate term.

Yours sincerely, or sincerely is actually quite good. Don't underestimate sincerely. Sincerity is exactly what's lacking in modern day correspondance.

Otherwise I usually end with something along the lines of "Be Well" or "As Always" or very rarely when I'm in a bullshitting mode "All the best".
     
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Oct 17, 2007, 08:24 PM
 
In my field of work:

"Hope this helps, sincerely,"
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Oct 17, 2007, 08:30 PM
 
But, the nastiness in me would say:

"F*ck you and the horse you rod in on, your family, your ancestors and your descendance, up and down to the 7th generation. Very sincerely..."

I can see a few occasions where this would be politically correct...



But I am not English...
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Oct 17, 2007, 09:19 PM
 
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Oct 17, 2007, 10:25 PM
 
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That is all
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Oct 17, 2007, 10:53 PM
 
I'm not sure when or how I started, but I close many business casual letters with "Respectfully" or Respectfully yours".
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Kthxbye,

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Oct 17, 2007, 11:42 PM
 
Yours,
Warmly,
Best,
Regards,
All the best,
Cheers,
See you soon,
Talk to you soon,
Take care,
Take it easy,
With kind regards,
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Oct 17, 2007, 11:44 PM
 
Originally Posted by paul w View Post
I hate the way "Best" is used.

Best what you lazy f*ck. You don't even mean best. You just chose a four letter ambiguous word because you are too lazy to choose a truly appropriate term.

Yours sincerely, or sincerely is actually quite good. Don't underestimate sincerely. Sincerity is exactly what's lacking in modern day correspondance.

Otherwise I usually end with something along the lines of "Be Well" or "As Always" or very rarely when I'm in a bullshitting mode "All the best".
I like "best." It's more casual and a bit friendlier than "sincerely" and it seems well-intentioned without trying too hard.

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Oct 18, 2007, 06:05 AM
 
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Oct 18, 2007, 06:32 AM
 
Enjoy the ride,
Blah di blah,
Hope you're not hating this,
To me, to you,
Cheers me dear,
Ta me ol' mucker,
Mine's milk & 2,
You owe me one,
Zing zing,
(...or some other irrelevant garb),

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Oct 18, 2007, 07:06 AM
 
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Oct 18, 2007, 07:07 AM
 
If it's work related I'll use Regards or Any problems/questions let me know.

Personal it'll be either be just my name or Laters or Gx or something clever I've seen someone else write.

Another formal one I was taught is Yours faithfully - but only if you address the letter with Dear Sir or Madam. If you knew the persons name you would use Yours sincerely.
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 08:18 AM
 
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Oct 18, 2007, 08:26 AM
 
Peace out,
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Oct 18, 2007, 08:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by PB2K View Post
What do English speaking people sign with under an informal letter? All I can come up with is

regards,
cheers,
yours sincerely,

I'm sure it can be a lot more casual
Umm, there was just another thread on this topic. I think the consensus was to sign off with "**** Off You ****ing ****ers".


Seriously, context is everything. An informal letter is different from a formal letter is different from a formal e-mail (i.e.: work-related) to an informal e-mail (i.e.: friends and family). And then you have to get into the content aspect of the context. A formal letter to your boss asking for a raise needs to be more suppliant than a letter regarding some other circumstance or a letter to a professional colleague.


I would suggest the following.

Formal Letter: Yours Sincerely
Formal E-Mail: Sincerely (a formal e-mail is still inherently less formal than a formal letter)
Informal Letter: Regards or Sincerely
Informal E-Mail: Regards or Cheers or nothing
( Last edited by dcmacdaddy; Oct 18, 2007 at 08:40 AM. Reason: fixed a typo.)
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Oct 18, 2007, 12:42 PM
 
I end about 95% of my emails with "Best regards".
Sometimes "Thanks and best regards," if I expect something in return.

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Oct 18, 2007, 01:38 PM
 
yours faithfully?
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 01:53 PM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
yours faithfully?
In formal English, 'Yours faithfully' is used at the end of a letter which you start 'Dear Sir or Madam'. You use 'Yours sincerely' at the end of a more casual letter which you might start with 'Dear Bob' or 'Dear Mr. Smith'.
     
   
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