i would like to specifically ask what kind of ending i should use if i am opening my letter (reference letter) with:

To the ***-Admissions' Committee, (is this opening ok if refers to a group of people, whose names i do not know?)

.... (do i use capital for the start of my first paragraph?)

With regards,
or traditionally Yours faithfully (or sincerely since i name the committee),

(the letter is addressed to a University in the UK)

thanks in advance for your help. i find the forum an exquisite reference in order to better my command of english.
Dear Friend,

Some of the opening and closing lines are :

Dear Sir, Dear Madam, Dear Sir/Madam....
Yours sincerely, yours faithfully,....

I suppose the combination to be followed is :
* If Dear Sir/Madam is used and you are SURE of the member you are referring then the ending has to be Your's sincerely.
* If Dear Sir/Madam is used and you AREN'T sure of the member you are referring then the ending has to be Your's faithfully.
* If you are referring to a friends, then you are left with a handful of options - Dear...,Hello...,Hi... and With regards, Friendly, Cheers,....
thanx for the interest, all u'r writing is right, i can assure u, but my question was far more specific than that.
could please sby with excellent command of English(eg administrator) answer my question?
thanx in advance
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Hello gonebananas, welcome to English Forums!

If I were writing to a UK university, I would style my letter as follows:

Your address
More of your address
Your town + postcode
Your country

Your phone number

28 March 2005

Admissions Office
University of BackofBeyond
County + postcode

Dear Sir

You use a capital letter for the first word of the first paragraph. You don't indent the first line of paragraphs.

Make sure you leave a blank line between paragraphs.

Third paragraph here.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

G. Bananas
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Good luck!

thanx a lot MrP

just one more question...
Isn't "Deat Sir" a bit discriminating?
Shouldn't that be Dear Sir/Madam,

thanx for your time Emotion: wink

Dear Madam, dear Sir

(I wouldn't say "dear Person" in this context Emotion: smile )
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Hello GB

'Dear Sir or Madam' would be fine.

I too would avoid 'Dear Person'...

you can also use
To Whom It May Concern:

and so on.. good luck

Please use the Forum's search box to find all the threads that explain why 'To whom it may concern' is used only in exceedingly rare cases.

You don't just use it because you don't know the name of the person you are writing to.

No, no, no! Emotion: crying

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