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When is it appropriate to send Seasons Greetings?

During what time of the year is it appropriate to close semi-formal written conversation with "Season's Greetings"? Obviously sometime around December 25th, but how much in advance and how much past ...
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What meant Winston Churchill by 'consideration'?

I know that these olden valedictions are phatic expressions, but I still fancy knowing: which definition of 'consideration' fits? Does "consider" here mean (1.1) "turn over in one's mind" or (1.2) "...
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Best regards - used more frequently in e-mail by non-native speakers?

I'm British and have lived and worked in Spain for several years. I continuously correspond in English with people from many countries. I find that emails written by people from non-English speaking ...
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Is 'Yours hopefully' formal or informal?

Recently, I had to write an email to one of my professors regarding an urgent matter. I was basically asking him for some guidance in the matter. I am not a native speaker and normally I end my ...
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Imaginatively yours or Yours imaginatively or stick with Kind Regards [closed]

I own a design studio. We are currently rebranding. To add a little twist to our email correspondence, we decided to forego the generic "Kind regards" for imaginatively yours or yours imaginatively. ...
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Valedictions: “My thoughts go your way,”

Is the valediction "My thoughts go your way," common anywhere among native English speakers? Is this phrase used differently? Do you care to comment on its connotations? Are "My thoughts are going ...
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Term for greetings that are also valedictions

Is there a specialized term in linguistics for those words that, in a given language, can be used to say both hello and goodbye? For instance, I've heard tell that in Hawaii the word "aloha" is used ...
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Difference in tone between Regards, Best regards, Kind regards and Sincerely in emails [duplicate]

I often end my emails just with "Regards, FirstName". But I also often see "Best regards", "Kind regards" and "Sincerely". What is the difference in tone and meaning? Is one more formal than the ...
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What is the “gratitude” at the end of the letter or post called? [duplicate]

What is the "gratitude" at the end of a letter or post called in English? For example: Hi everyone, <--- salutation bla bla bla <--- body Thanks in advance <--- what is that ...
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Is usage of “Yours sincerely” still appropriate?

I am currently in the process of writing a cover letter for an application for a PhD position. Upon proofreading it, my girlfriend, who has had training as a European secretary, told me that her ...
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Can I put “Greetings” at the end of an email, and if so, how? [closed]

I am not a native speaker and I'm having trouble with formalities like opening and ending emails. In German, it is common to end an informal email with the phrase Viele Grüße, which means "Many ...
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What is the expected response to someone saying “Happy Vacations” to you? [closed]

Someone has messaged me: Happy vacations. Are the following replies correct? Now it would be good. Same to you too! Or should it be Same to you too! Now it would be good. I want it to sound that ...
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Why is it “yours faithfully” and not “your faithfully”?

I've been taught to write "Yours" ever since I started writing letters. But today I realised that "your" is an adjective qualifying the person who is writing the letter. Now, since the adjective for ...
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How did “yours truly” become a euphemism for “I” or “me”?

Rarely but occasionally I've seen yours truly appear in text when the author wishes to refer to him- or herself. An example from The Cambridge Dictionary: Some folks, such as yours truly, can't ...
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The term “My best to you” at the end of an email

What does the above mean? A form of goodbye? Or the best to you until we speak or communicate again? Best wishes? A male acquaintance wrote this at the end of his email when responding to my email....
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Use of valedictions in non-personal communication

Would it be proper to use a valediction ("complimentary close") in a newspaper or magazine message wholly devoted to congratulating the media's readers with the New Year or some other holiday? An ...
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Is it appropriate to use “You're welcome,” followed by my name in closing an email?

I replied to an email which mentioned at the end: Thank you, Signature with: You're welcome, Signature Is such a reply correct/appropriate/common?
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An alternative valediction to “godspeed” wishing someone success in a venture

I am essentially searching for a well-wishing exclamation that does not imply divine intervention.
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What complimentary close to use in continuous formal email?

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 ...
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Signing off with “Best” instead of “Best regards” [duplicate]

I'm active on many different online forums and platforms and do much communication with my own customers and customers of a company I am employed at. The signature I used to sign off a post or email ...
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Is “With friendship truly,” a proper valediction? [closed]

I want to close a letter with: With friendship truly, My Name For some background; I wrote a letter of recommendations of features to a site, but by my tone it is not extremely clear that I am ...
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When can I use “have a good day”? [closed]

I just want to ask if when would be the exact time to use have a good day? Because someone told me that the appropriate time would be in morning. Is that correct?
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Which valediction should I use with my boss?

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 "...
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Is the valediction “see you later, alligator” used in English?

I have been reading a book about real English expressions and idioms. The first chapter deals with greetings. According to the section On departure, See you later, alligator is one of the ...
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“Yours” as valediction

In British English, it is common to use "Yours Sincerely", but in American English, "Sincerely". In valediction, the meaning is not the key, but what is common in a writing style. What about using "...
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“Regards” vs. “Best regards” vs. “With regards” [closed]

Which of the three phrases in the concluding phrase is most appropriate when sending a work-related email? Could the three be ranked in terms of their overall level of formality?
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Common ending lines for formal emails? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some expressions that can be used to end an email? I know a few, Best regards Best Sincerely Eagerly Think of it as an email for first impression for a ...
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Meaning of various valedictions or closing expressions

Related to, but I believe distinct from, the following questions: What does the "yours" in "yours sincerely" mean? Which expressions can be used to close an email? What do ...
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Sincerely [comma?] name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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: ...
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Is it acceptable to write “Best Regards” with a capital “R” and not followed by a comma? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: 'Thanks and Regards,' or 'Thanks and regards,'? Should you use a comma/period after "Thanks"/"Regards" in email signatures? In my company, ...
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Why put a period after your name in the closing of a communication/E-mail? [closed]

I have several co-workers in Europe and all of them tend to put a period after their names in the closing of E-mails, e.g.: Thanks, Matt. I've never seen this, so I am curious if it is proper ...
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Unremitting salutation

Even though I am all in favor of salutations and complimentary closes, when exchanging more than a couple of mails with the same person, I feel that starting yet another reply with Dear Mr. Smith gets ...
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Punctuation after valediction [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should you use a comma/period after “Thanks”/“Regards” in email signatures? When writing a letter, do we put a comma or a period after the valediction? ...
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Do I capitalize “sincerely” in a correspondence signature?

I've been unable to find a consensus on whether or not one should capitalize the salutation before your signature in correspondence, email or otherwise. For example: Sincerely, XedMada
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How many articles should go in “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”?

On the very first Christmas card it was written as "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..." http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/christmas-card-sayings-and-phrases.html In Wiktionary that same ...
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The correct syntax for “I/We remain” at the end of the letter

I want to sign off a letter with the following: Letter text. We remain, Sincerely yours, Mr Person Head of Accounting Is this correct usage? Isn’t this like having 2 salutations? ...
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Meaning of the valediction “Yours, &c.”

When the valediction "Yours, &c" is used at the end of a letter (for example in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice), what is the "&c" standing in for? I realize that "&c" is ...
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“Thanks and Regards” vs. “Thanks and regards”

I am almost certain that the R in regards must be in lower case because it follows a conjunction and is therefore a part of the same phrase/sentence. But I've been seeing a lot of emails of late that ...
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Is it “Yours faithfully” or “Yours sincerely”?

When should one sign a letter with "Yours faithfully" or "Yours sincerely"?
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When ending an email, should I use “Yours faithfully” or “Best regards”?

I've been taught to end business letters with "Yours faithfully" but I can see from my daily correspondence that "Best regards" is more commonly used but seems more informal. What term should be used ...
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What do Americans think of using 'cheers' to sign off an email?

I've suspected before that "Cheers" as an email sign-off is a bit of an English (or possibly Commonwealth) thing, but being English it's natural to me and I use it as the mood takes me to end an email....
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Should valedictions be capitalized?

Recently I was proof reading an email that a coworker was going to send to a superior and I pointed out that the valediction wasn't capitalized. He said it didn't need to be because it was the start ...
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Is “Many thanks” a proper usage?

I saw emails from English people with Many Thanks as a signing off phrase. Is that proper usage? Or is it a phrase created by continental English speakers due to the influence of their native language?...
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Which expressions can be used to close an email? [closed]

At the end of written communication like emails and letters, it is customary to use a closing valediction or "complementary close". Which formal and informal expressions can be used to end emails?