The Complimentary Close in A Business Letter
The complimentary close consists of those words of courtesy or respect that follow the body of the letter and precede the signature. It should begin about the middle of the page, but may be shifted either to the right or the left so that the signature, which usually begins five spaces to the right of the complimentary close, will end even with the right-hand margin.
In business correspondence the forms that have the sanction of good usage are….
Yours very truly,
Very truly yours,
When addressing superiors or high officials, use
In social correspondence the appropriate terms are….
Yours very sincerely,
These may also be used in business correspondence when a cordial relation exists between the writer and the person addressed.
The complimentary close should always be in harmony with the salutation.
If the salutation is Dear Sir, My dear Sir, Dear Madam, Dear Miss Blank, etc., the appropriate complimentary close is Yours truly, Yours very truly, Very truly, or Very truly yours.
If the salutation is Dear Friend, My dear Friend, Dear John, the appropriate complimentary close is Yours sincerely, Sincerely yours. Cordially yours… If the salutation is Sir, the appropriate complimentary close is Yours respectfully, Respectfully yours, Very respectfully….
Punctuation — The complimentary close is followed by a comma. Only the first word should begin with a capital letter.
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