RE: Yours sincerely or Sincerely yours? page 2

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Hi,

my english teacher (she was from the uk) taught us to avoid "sincerely yours" and to use only "yours sincerely", because "sincerely yours" sounded too much like "all yours"...

'Yours sincerely' is the standard and polite way of ending a letter. The words mean very little.

'Sincerely yours' sounds warmer, more friendly, more personal. You can use it whan you are writing to a friend.

[ Please remember that capital letters are an important part of good English. The sentence you posted has no capitals at all, so it will be incorrect in an exam. ]

Best wishes, Clive

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Anonymous:
Hello to everybody,

I'm very pleased to tell you the difference between "yours sincerly" and sincerly yours": the first one is the english form while the second one is the american form. Both are correct! ..trust me Emotion: wink
Hi,

Hmmm. Why do the letters I get from American companies usually say 'Yours sincerely'?

Best wishes, Clive
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I just to know about it. Thank you for everyone.
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Anonymous:
hi...

I came across this doubt too...

I wrote sicerely yours, but I think that it implies more intimacy than yours sincerely....

anyway if you have doubts put best regards, and this should solve the question

best regards,

Milena
Anonymous:
You know what I really have the same question I was about the write a business letter and something has come to my mind: What the heck is the difference between sincerely yours and yours sincerely. Some one please give us a response.
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Hi,

Generally speaking, 'yours sincerely' is the standard way to end a letter. 'Sincerely yours' is a somewhat less common variant.

Let's say I receive a letter from someone I don't know.

If it ends 'Yours sincerely', this tells me nothing about the feelings of the writer.

If it ends with 'Sincerely yours', it doesn't tell me much, but it does suggest a bit that the writer is trying to 'be my pal'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Anonymous:
Yours sincerely is British form
Sincerely yours is Standard US English form

Yours faithfully is for people you don't address by name (as another poster pointed out)

Sincerely,
Best,
Best wishes,
etc. all much more informal and not often seen on formal correspondence because they strike the wrong tone. Common in advertising/junk mail though.
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