Anonymous:When is it correct to write 'Yours sincerely/faithfully'?
AnonymousWhen is it correct to write 'Yours sincerely/faithfully'?Hi,
Those are closing formulas for formal letters. I copy below what I wrote a couple of days ago in another thread .
The 'traditional' rule (for formal letters) is as follows:
That said, use these only if you're writing a formal letter as a part of an ESL exam. "Yours faithfully" seems to be no longer in fashion.
Anonymous:you would say your sincerly at the end if you knew the person. you would say your faithfully if you didn't know them.
Anonymousyou would say your sincerly at the end if you knew the person. you would say your faithfully if you didn't know them.Please be careful with the spelling! It's " Yours sincerely" and "Yours faithfully". Your answer was also given by Tanit about 1 year ago. Nonetheless thanks for participating.
Anonymous:To begin with, both of these are formal closures of a letter, BUT contrary to the popular belief, there is a difference between these two and so they are NOT interchangeable.
To the best of my knowledge, you use "yours sincerely" in case of knowing the name of the individual whom you write. In other words when you begin your letter with "Dear XY", so a specific person is adressed.
However, "yours faithfully" is used when you have no particular name in mind, and so you beging your letter like "Dear Sir or Madam".
Truth to be told it is quite commonly misused, so do not worry if you had used it wrongly, most of the people have no clue about the difference.
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