formal greetings

Discussion in 'English Only' started by xs., Nov 9, 2006.

  1. xs. Senior Member

    What are the best formal ways of greeting in a letter?

    is "Your faithfully" a formal way of greeting?
  2. Yours faithfully - when you know the name of the addressee
    Yours sincerely - when you do not know the name of the addressee
  3. xs. Senior Member

    thanks for the quick reply!
  4. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    Just a note -- these are excellent formal closing lines of a letter, but not greetings. The greeting, or "salutation", is at the beginning of the letter, such as "Dear..."
  5. xs. Senior Member

    You're right!

    Just a question...
    I'm not deeply sure about the differences between "faithfully" and "sincerely"...
    could you explain me them again??a:eek:

  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    If you use the search facility at the top of this forum - top right,
    Search this Forum

    type in yours faithfully

    Click on Go
    ... you will find a number of threads where this has been discussed before.

    If you begin with Dear Sir or Dear Madam - end with Yours faithfully
    If you begin with Dear Mr Blenkinsop - end with Yours sincerely.
  7. acmtifoso

    acmtifoso New Member

    English, Turkish
    Also in AE, the phrase yours faithfully implies to me a relationship of some kind. (Such as you would say to a longtime friend, boy/girlfriend, etc.)

    For example:
    Dear Mary,
    I have missed you so much, etc.
    Yours faithfully,

    To receive a letter with a closing such as this from an employee would be innappropriate .... or from merely an acquaintance, would have no context. To this American anyway. :)
  8. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Please note that majlo has accidentally reversed the use of faithfully and sincerely.
    ... faithfully if you DON'T know the name;
    ... sincerely if you DO.
    Check out Yours sincerely vs Yours faithfully

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