Hi!I need just a little help to finish a formal letter. I have to write a business letter but I'm not sure how to end it with a formal greeting.
I've found several choices:
- I am looking forward to hearing you
- I am looking forward to meeting you
- Thanks in advance
- Sincerely yours.
I could guess the first two of them mean that I'm waiting any kind of response, but I wonder if I can combine some of them or perhaps it is just allowed to use only one of them.
Thanks in advance
P.D. By the way, do the two following sentences have the same meaning?
- It is suppose that I have to write a letter
- I'm supposed to write a letter.
When you use Dear Sir, Dear Madam go for the slightly more formal:
More familiar forms of address like Sincerely yours, Yours sincerely can be used when the name is known e.g. Miss Smith in the letterhead.
Though Regards is becoming more and more popular.
What of ending the letter simply with: Yours, "Name". This is not formal.
For a formal letter, 99% of the time you can just use 'Yours sincerely'.
Best wishes, Clive
If you know the name of the person you are addressing, you started the letter Dear Mr... then you should end the letter with Yours sincerely,...
If you do not know the letter of the person you are addressing, if you started the letter Dear Sir or Madam or To Whom It May Concern, you should end the letter with Yours Faithfully or Yours Truly.
It is possible to end with:
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Yours sincerely (or faithfully or truly),
[your name and signature]
"I´ve found several choices:
a) I am looking forward to hearing you
b) I am looking forward to meeting you
Firstly - it is best to drop the personal pronoun "I" from this sentence in a formal letter and simply to use the construction shown above "Looking forward" instead of "I am looking forward"
- This is not correct - it is missing
- Correct. Can be used if you are certain you will be meeting the addressee (e.g. if it is an RSVP or something)
- It is not formal. A more formal construction of this sentence would be 'Thank you in advance'
- The word order should be switched - 'Yours sincerely' not 'Sincerely yours.'
response to P.D. - the sentence "It is suppose that I have to write a letter" is incorrect, the second is correct.
Hope this helps.