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Chapter 24. The Business Letter > Closing the Letter

Closing the Letter

Complimentary Close

When the salutation has been "Dear Sir" or "My Dear Sir," the complimentary closing can be "Yours truly" or "Very truly yours;" no personal connection exists between the writer and the recipient.

"Sincerely" or "Sincerely yours" is appropriate when there is an established personal as well as a business relationship, but it is used only in letters to individuals, never to a company. "Respectfully yours" appears only on letters addressed to a person of acknowledged authority or in letters of great formality.


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