Sincerely / Kind Regards

Discussion in 'English Only' started by beyazlale, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. beyazlale

    beyazlale Senior Member

    Dear friends,

    I am writing an email to a university and I need your help with ending it. If I know the name of the recipient, can I end it with "Best Regards", "Regards" or "Kind Regards" ?

    What is the difference between ending a letter with "Sincerely" and "Best Regards"?

    Thank you very much in advance.
  2. Bevj

    Bevj Allegra Moderata

    Girona, Spain
    English (U.K.)
    I was taught that if you start a letter with 'Dear Sir' you should end it with 'Yours faithfully'.. and if it starts with 'Dear Mr./Mrs. xxxx, then it should end with 'Yours sincerely'.
    Personally I would use 'Best regards', 'Regards' etc. when writing to a friend or acquaintance and not in a business or formal context.
    But maybe I'm being old fashioned :)
  3. boriszcat

    boriszcat Senior Member

    Slovakia / Slovacco / Slowakei / Slovensko
    English - US and Dude - a California dialect
    Any of those is completely fine. They are all equally formal and express very much the same idea. You certainly won't cause any trouble by choosing one or the other.
  4. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima (English Only)

    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    There are differences in preference between the different English varieties. If it's someone used to BrE and is in another university and you don't know them, I'd go for Bevj's options of 'Yours sincerely' and 'Yours faithfully'.
  5. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    "Yours faithfully" is BE and not AE, in my experience.

    "Sincerely," always works, likewise in my AE experience.
  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
  7. chamyto

    chamyto Senior Member

    Burgos, Spain
    This is the way I write letters and emails.

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