I work as a freelancer for a company and I do most of my communication via e-mails.
My boss usually ends his mails with "cheers" whereas I always use "regards".
Are there any alternatives to "regards" that will be formal but not too formal?
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There are numerous sign-off phrases used in letters, but most e-mails are more succinct, often forgoing closing phrases and even omitting a name at the end (because it presumably appears in the To box). This is especially true if there is a standard signature block containing business card-like information at the end of the message, often automatically generated.
If you feel a closing phrase is necessary, there are many possibilities including
- Thank you
- Sincerely yours
- Yours truly
Many of these are fairly formal for e-mail.
Why not consider responding just as your boss does and say cheers?
[All of the above reflects a US point of view and may not be applicable in other countries. I tend to be more formal when corresponding with colleagues overseas.]