'Love' at the end of a letter: punctuation

Englishmypassion

Senior Member
India - Hindi
Dear Teachers,
Namaskar.

When only "Love" is written just before/above the sender's name at the end of an informal letter, what punctuation mark should follow it?

Example:

Dear Sister,
...........
...........

Love(?)
Donald


I think there should be a full stop after "Love", "Lots of love", etc. Right?


Thank you.
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    No, I don't use a comma after the salutation either, TT.

    EDIT: See this post by Nat in a previous thread:
    Just a small point. In BrE, the colon is generally not used at the end of the salutation for both social and business correspondence. If there is any punctuation, this would be a comma. The 'block style' has been advocated by some for a while now, and one feature of this style is the omission of end-of-line punctuation for addresses, salutations and valedictions.

    ...
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    The reason for the comma after the subscription is that, in the past, these closures were very often long sentences of which the name formed an integral part. For example:

    I am, Sir, your very obedient servant, John Smith.

    Nowadays briefer endings are used but the principle remains.
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    The reason for the comma after the subscription is that, in the past, these closures were very often long sentences of which the name formed an integral part. For example:

    I am, Sir, your very obedient servant, John Smith.

    Nowadays briefer endings are used but the principle remains.


    Thank you so much for the very enlightening post.
    Thanks a lot, everybody.
     
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