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Should you use a comma/period after “Thanks”/“Regards” in email signatures?

I see answers on how to end a letter putting a comma after for example sincerely, like:


Is it incorrect to write it without a comma, like the following?


Does the answer change if one used: "Best wishes", "Regards", "Cheers", etc.?


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If you look at a How to Write A Business Letter manual, the comma will more than likely be there. For business letters it may matter. For personal letters, there are no strict rules.

No, the situation doesn't change with "Best wishes", "Regards", or "Cheers".

  • Worth noting that if read aloud, the comma should also be audible as a pause between the farewell and the name. As a native English speaker, if you didn't emphasize the pause I'd hear "Best of luck, Frank" as wishing best of luck to Frank, rather than Frank himself wishing best of luck to whomever he's writing. Which is kind of odd, now that I think about it, since both statements use a comma when written.
    – KRyan
    Oct 17, 2012 at 4:11
  • You're right about the pause. I think that pitch, stress, and intonation are also involved in the spoken version. If you're wishing the best of luck to Frank, then stress and higher pitch and rising intonation would be on "Best of luck" -- "luck" get primary stress -- and "Frank" would have lower pitch, much less stress (maybe tertiary or no stress at all), and falling intonation. If it's a closing salutation, "luck" has falling intonation, and "Frank" has secondary stress and no falling intonation. This may not be accurate for everyone, but it's what I hear when I say both sentences.
    – user21497
    Oct 17, 2012 at 4:24

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