I am a student in contact with a business owner, and I am having a hard time deciding on a complimentary close. Should I use it for every email I send him? I don't want to make it redundant since it is for formality's sake.

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    Welcome to EL&U, Vavein. You might want to visit English Language Learners; you can find it here. It is very helpful in answering basic questions. Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 10:36
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    Yes. Every time. Unless you are exchanging the mails in an interactive sense like you would in chat.
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 14:28
  • @Kris say for example sir, i have written down as my complimentary close for my first reply as "Sincerely Yours", does it mean that i would be using "sincerely yours" for the rest of my email messages with the business owner?
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    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 9:48
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For formal emails/letters to a business owner/principal/someone of authority, you'd use "Yours sincerely" or "Yours faithfully", followed by your name on the next line.

"Sincerely" is used when you don't know the person's name. (ie. Dear Sir; Yours sincerely)

"Faithfully" is used when you know the person's name. (ie. Dear Mr Smith; Yours faithfully)

To make it easier to remember, you can just remember than the two "S" don't go together. (S from Sir and S from Sincerely)

If I were you, I'd just go with "Dear Mr xxx" and "Yours faithfully" every time I send an email. It won't be "redundant" as you call it. Many things in emails and everyday life are redundant. However, we still use it. Also, it's not redundant if it shows him how polite you are. It's better to be too formal than too casual. Being formal would also show him how serious and sincere you are in contacting him.

Hope this helps.

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