When should i use"Yours Faithfully", does it have a different meaning from "Yours sincerely"?


Yes, but it's also okay to use "Yours sincerely" in formal letters. The difference is that we use "Yours faithfully" when we start a letter with "Dear Sir/Madam", while "Yours sincerely (or Sincerely yours)" is used when we've mentioned the actual name of the person you're writing to in the salutation.

Formal, we don't know the name of the person:

Dear Sir/Madam,
Yours faithfully

Formal, addressed to a particular person:

Dear Ms Paula Hill,
Yours sincerely

"Yours sincerely" is typically employed in English when the recipient is addressed by name (e.g. "Dear John") and is known to the sender to some degree.

"Yours faithfully" is used when the recipient is not addressed by name (i.e. the recipient is addressed by a phrase such as "Dear Sir/Madam") or when the recipient is not known personally by the sender.

In American English, "Sincerely yours" or "Sincerely" are commonly used in formal correspondence. "Faithfully yours" is rare.

"Yours truly" is also used in professional correspondence when writing to a client by his name, but signing the letter in the name of the firm where neither "Yours faithfully" or "Yours sincerely" would be appropriate

Dear Mr. Brown,
Yours truly,

Commonly appearing in the US as "Yours truly," or "Yours very truly," use in the UK was an indication that the recipient was of a higher status than the signatory.

For those who pay attention to old-fashioned manners, "Sincerely yours" is regarded as appropriate only for social correspondence, and not business correspondence.

Closings such as "Cordially" or "Best regards" are always inappropriate for business letters to strangers, and their use may be considered silly and uninformed by the recipient.

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I was taught a saying:

I am sincere, you are faithful.
It doesn't matter who you write to in the heading either the name or Sir/Madam.

What is important is whether you are writing in the first person singular or third person. Therefore if you are writing as we then one would use "yours faithfully" but if one uses I then it should be "yours sincerely".

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Today, I rarely see 'Yours faithfully'. It seems rather old-fashioned to me.

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CliveToday, I rarely see 'Yours faithfully'. It seems rather old-fashioned to me.
Would it be possible that it's more common in British English? One of my teachers, a British native, insisted that I use 'Yours faithfully' in certain cases. But I'll take your word for it anyway Clive Emotion: smile Now, that you mention it, 'Yours faithfully' does have a sort of old-fashioned ring to it. But to me, it strikes me as respectful. It's hard to describe...

Kind regards,
Yours faithfully should be used when you don't know to whom you are writing, Yours sincerely should be used if you have a name or are slightly aquainted.
I would add that "yours sincerely" is often preferred because those using it are ignorant of how the different sign-offs should be used in different circumstances - i.e.

Dear Sir/Madam/Parent/The Occupier


Yours faithfully

Dear Mr Paul


Yours sincerely

where "yours sincerely" is only used if the name of the addressee is known.


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your's faithfully is used when you are writing for the first time to them also when it is informal.
Your's sincerely is used when you have already wrote to them also when it is just a friendly letter.
You use Yours faithfully when you are addressing the letter to Mr/Mrs, so someone you don't know or haven't used their name on the letter.
Forgive my frankness, but your last post is incorrect.
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