Dear Sir/Madam, Yours Faithfully. Dear Mr. Smith ...?

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by Novich, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Novich Senior Member

    Castellano, Argentina
    The question is: if I start a formal letter by using the name of the person (Dear Mr. Smith)... How I´m supposed to finish it?

    - Dear Sir/Madam > Yours Faithfully.

    - Dear Mr. Smith > (?) :confused:
  2. Chris K Senior Member

    Tacoma WA, US
    English / US
    Whether or not the initial greeting contains the person's name has no effect on the final salutation. But "yours faithfully" is uncommon; we usually say "sincerely" (or "yours sincerely / sincerely yours") except with friends and family.
  3. Masood

    Masood Senior Member

    Leicester, England
    British English
    In British English, I was always taught 'Two 'S's don't go together', so a formal letter starting with 'Dear Sir' should not end with 'Yours Sincerely', it should end in 'Yours Faithfully.

    'Old school' by today's standards? Possibly.

    In your case, I would write:
    Dear Mr. Smith ... Yours Sincerely.
  4. Chris K Senior Member

    Tacoma WA, US
    English / US
    Interesting; another BE / AE difference. I don't think "yours faithfully" is used at all over here.

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