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How To End A Letter

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The way we end a letter says much about us than we realise. It reveals to the recipient a considerable amount about our background and education, which can be important when approaching a potential business outlet, or applying for a job. For example:
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Strictly speaking, a letter that begins ‘Dear (Name)’ should end ‘Yours sincerely’ and one that begins ‘Dear Sir’ should end ‘Yours faithfully’.
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The close ‘Yours truly’ is rarely used these days, except when writing to shops or the bank, advises Debrett.
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Although emails have removed much of the formality surrounding letter writing, it is still advisable to observe the correct form when writing to a person for the first time.
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Letters and emails sent to friends can end with whatever sentiment you choose - ‘Yours ever’, With best wishes’, ‘With kindest regards’ or simple ‘Regards’ – and often evolve depending on the level of familiarity, i.e. ‘Yours in the sport’ or ‘Yours in the craft’ are used in many instances, and are only incorrect if a misjudgement is made about the degree of familiarity that is acceptable between the two parties.
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When sending a printed business/official letter it is a courtesy to write the opening and closing of all letters where the recipient is addressed by name.
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In the rare instance where it is impossible to find out a name and title ‘Dear Sir’ is still the best alternative.
Conclusion: 
The correct form of letter writing is a dying art in the 21st century computer age but there are still set rules of etiquette to be observed, if only as a courtesy.
Tips: 
For the correct opening and ending of letters to people with a rank or title, consult Debrett’s ‘Etiquette & Modern Manners’ or Debrett’s ‘Correct Form’.
Warnings: 
Despite the familiarity of today’s world, a large number of people still find it offensive to be addressed by their first, or Christian name by a complete stranger, making contact for the first time.
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