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I always feel uneasy about letter endings. I sometimes use (1) Yours sincerely, (2) Yours faithfully, and (3) Yours &c. But none of these seem an appropriate response to a correspondent's Best wishes. (1) and (2) would be too formal a response, and in (3) there is, I suppose, some jocularity and familiarity, which may not always be appropriate. My unsatisfactory solution is to drop the valediction entirely when I have received Best wishes. In a way, I feel Best wishes is too informal---and also inappropriate because it assumes I /need/ my correspondent's best wishes, it is almost like saying 'good luck'---, and that in using it my correspondent has forfeited the right to receive any valediction in return. Or have I missed something, is there an appropriate response to Best wishes, if my sentiments are granted?

To put the question another way, what is the most formal response to Best wishes that will not be awkwardly formal in contrast?

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I came across this. I hope it helps.

Business writing blog "It's the "complimentary close" or "complimentary closing" that business writers are wondering about, those phrases that come before the signature in a letter. The complimentary closes below are listed from (1) very formal to (14) very warm.

  1. Very truly yours,
  2. Respectfully,
  3. Yours truly,
  4. Sincerely yours,
  5. Sincerely,
  6. Best regards,
  7. Kind regards,
  8. With thanks,
  9. Best wishes,
  10. Cordially,
  11. Warm wishes,
  12. Warm regards,
  13. Warmly,
  14. Affectionately "
  • Perhaps you should add Love and XXX as the two final entries! I admit I've sometimes just written Yours etc. in "stroppy" formal contexts. In a letter of complaint to faceless bureaucrats, for example - where I'd like whoever's reading it to feel at least slightly insulted, but I doubt it's ever worked. – FumbleFingers Jun 14 '18 at 12:53
  • I once received a letter from India signed as "Your humble and obedient servant" or something like that – GEdgar Jun 14 '18 at 13:01

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