In British English, if the name of the person is used, e.g. (=exampli gratia):
Dear Mr. Jones, then the ending is Yours sincerely.
You can also write the persons full name, for example: Mr. Jack Jones.
If you don’t know the name of the person you are writing to, then you should start the letter with: Dear Sir/Madam, and end with: Yours faithfully. Or Dear Sir or Madam.
Other greetings and opening phrases
|Friendly Greetings||Affectionate Greetings||Loving Greetings|
|My Dear Mary,||My Dearest Mary,||My Beloved Mary,|
|Hello Mary,||Dearest Mary,||My Darling Mary,|
|Hi Mary,||My Dearest,||My Sweet,|
|Friendly Closings||Affectionate Closings||Loving Closings|
|Truly,||With fond regards,||With all my love,|
|Truly yours,||With sincere affection,||I love you,|
If you are writing a formal letter, do not forget to include the title of the person to whom you are writing, such as:
- Mr – for men
- Master – for children (boys)
- Mrs – for women
- Ms – for women (for women whose title you are unsure about. If you do not know if they are married (Mrs) or unmarried (Miss).
- Miss – unmarried women.
- Dr (Doctor)
- PhD (Philosophy Doctor).
- Sir – men
- Madam – women