how would I finish off a letter?

Dear X,


Kind Regards,
or: Kind regards
or: kind regards

that would help a lot. thank you:)
"Kind regards" is simply a well intentioned gesture. It's another way of saying "Good / Best wishes" - I would not capitalise the r or w; but it wouldn't be a sin if you did!

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A very polite ending/ urgent

Writing to someone you don't know
Cc at the end of a letter?
Kind regards or Kind Regards

This is just a slightly less formal way of ending a letter, to be honest it often doesn't have any relevance to your actual feelings for the person. In some circumstances I would use it to a complete stranger. Just because someone puts kind regards on the end of a letter I wouldn't think they particularly care about or respect me, it is just one of the standard sign-offs.

You can also shorten it to Regards, but this is a bit abrupt, and I would be more likely to use it in an e-mail to a business acquaintence I deal with regularly.
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Written Formula for Ending a Letter (British English)

Informal, personal (to close friends and family):
  • With love
  • Best wishes

Semi-formal / informal (emails, notes
, business memos):
  • Kind regards
  • Best regards
  • Regards

Formal letters:
  • Yours sincerely
    • Use when you know the addressee by name (Dear John / Dear Mr Smith). You can only be sincere with someone you know.
  • Yours faithfully
    • Use when you don't know the persons name (Dear Sir or Madam).

Case / Capitalisation

Sentence case applies. Only capitalise the first letter of a sentence (with the exception of proper nouns and special conventions).


Open punctuation and mixed punctuation are common in the UK. If you begin the letter with "Dear Jane," (or "Dear Jane:" in American English), then the closing should be punctuated with a comma (e.g. "Kind regards, John"). These commas (or colon and comma in American English) would be omitted when writing a letter in open punctuation (as the line breaks make such punctuation redundant).
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I would always use a capital on at least the Kind. Personally I would use the first Kind Regards. As its an ending it seems more important to capitalise both words and make more of an emphasis.

Hope that helps!
Hello Everyone

When you say 'kind regards' - who is being kind? The implication is that the writer of the letter is kind, which is a tad preposterous. IMHO, Best Regards or Warm Regards would be a better option.
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When ending a letter with 'Kind regards' and following it immediately beneath with 'Yours sincerely', which punctuation mark (if any) should be used after 'regards'?

Thanks for your help!
I agree for at least the 'K' of Kind, but I would prefer 'r', so that there is less "separation" between the 2 words.

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The correct version would to capitalize the "K" because the writer is using a phrase and the "K" is capitalized because it is the first word in a sentence (or fragment in this case). Capitalizing the "r" is just unnecessary.

Sorry for spelling errors, I'm great at grammar, terrible at spelling.

Best regards,

Hello there,

There should be no "Kind (or kind)" before "Regards" as we normally do not have Bad (or bad) regards,

Can someone share the difference?

Best regards - I assume is for someone well respected or close in friendship. Is that true?

When should warm regards be used versus kind regards?

Thank you
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