greetings of/for the day ?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Saurabh, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Saurabh Senior Member

    New Delhi City
    India-English & Hindi
    Dear friends ,

    I am going to apply for a job in a High Commission and I am wanting to start off my application by writing:

    To,

    The Human Resources Manager,
    High Commission,

    Sub : Job application for the post of .....
    Reference No ......

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Greetings of/for the day!

    From your ad.....................

    I am not sure if it has to be Greetings of the day or Greetings for the day. Which one is correct to use. Do both of them sound okay or one seems weird here? I guess it is of which is correct but can't see anything wrong with for either.

    Secondly, please be generous telling me if Subject and Reference Numbers come before Dear Sir or Madam or after ?

    Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.

    Please reply early as the last date is fast approaching and I have to post the letter by today.

    Many thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Sau, India.
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Just leave out "Greetings of/for the day!" entirely -- and the rest is pretty much where it should be.

    If it were a standard inclusion, you would probably know the preposition. Since you're asking, I'm guessing that you think it's a nice addition. I wouldn't do it if it's not a standard opening for Indian business correspondence.

    If you must have it, use "of." :)
     
  3. Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    SW London
    British English
    If you wish to show that you know how to write business/ formal letters in standard British or American English, I advise you not to use the "Greetings.... " sentence, nor short forms like 'ad' for advertisement.
    I suppose an addressee's name wasn't given.

    Good Luck! :)
    Hermione
     
  4. Saurabh Senior Member

    New Delhi City
    India-English & Hindi

    Thank you, Copyright :)

    Yes, I am wanting to add it.

    I somehow knew it was of but again wasn't fully sure about it. Thanks, once again. Can I take the opportunity to ask why for wouldn't work there?

    Regards,
    Sau.
     
  5. Saurabh Senior Member

    New Delhi City
    India-English & Hindi
    Thank you , Hermione :)

    For sure, I am not going to add that quote now. Don't want to sound weird :D, would like to have a perfect professional impression .


    PS: Yeah, addresses' name is not mentioned in the application, else I'd address by name :)

    Cheers,
    Sau.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  6. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    "Greetings of the day" is a set expression.
     
  7. boozer Senior Member

    Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    Oh, dear, reading your thread title I thought you were designing a postcard or something. :)
     
  8. Saurabh Senior Member

    New Delhi City
    India-English & Hindi
    Thanks, once again.

    PS: I am not adding that at all :)
     
  9. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Yes, I understood that from your previous answer which is why I didn't threaten you. :D I think you've just boosted your chances for employment.
     
  10. Saurabh Senior Member

    New Delhi City
    India-English & Hindi
    :)

    Thank you all :)

    I hope my application gets shortlisted.
     

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