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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    If you usually use "Regards" there is no reason to stop unless you want to mirror
    – Henry
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 15:43
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    What's the problem you're having with 'regards?'
    – user867
    Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 2:24

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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

  • Thanks
  • Thank you
  • Sincerely
  • Sincerely yours
  • Best
  • 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.]

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