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Letter writing


Letter writing
Hi, can someone clarify my doubts? In a formal letter, should we use Salutation first or the subject? In India, people use īThanking you ī at the end of a formal letter. Is it correct?

20 Mar 2013      


Hi Brahmam,
Usually we follow these rules for formal letter writing:

If the letter begins:
Dear Sir/Madam,

Yours faithfully,
First name, Surname

If the letter begins:
Dear Mr Smith,

Yours sincerely,
First name, Surname

20 Mar 2013     

United States

If it īs a business letter, use a colon after the greeting, rather than a comma.
Do not put a comma between your first name and surname. Alex just put the comma there to separate the two words.

21 Mar 2013     

United Kingdom

In formal letter writing, you would sign the letter i.e. Mr F Wild using the initial of your first name, rather than your first name in full.

Also Dear Sir/Madam, the letter would be signed as (yours truly,)

You would only use īthanking you ī to someone you know, the other terms are ībest wishes ī, īkind regards ī or īregards ī.

21 Mar 2013     


Hi brahmam
I think all English speaking countries use slightly different formats.
Down here at the bottom of the world we donīt put punctuation after the greeting. In fact, comas and fulls stops generally no longer appear in address fields, after greeting or closing or after Ms/Mr.  Govīt letters usually follow a set format which private business then also follows. Naturally, there are many exceptions though with non-govīt letters as we have all been taught differently over the years.
One thing is standard though and itīs the closing which is the same as what Alex has written
You can see an example business letter here (with a subject) and read more info here.

21 Mar 2013