PHRASES TO END A LETTER
While somewhat generic, this conclusion reinforces that you meant what you wrote. It’s warm and familiar without being overly personal, making it an excellent choice for everyday use.
• Yours truly
A yours truly conclusion, like sincerely, is polite but not personal. It is also suitable for a wide range of recipients.
This conclusion has a formal tone to it. The literary equivalent of a slight nod, it can be an excellent choice when delivering bad news or following up with someone higher up the social or corporate ladder (or sees themselves as such).
• Best wishes
This is a simple and friendly way to end a letter that doesn’t reveal too much information. It simply implies that you want nothing but the best for the recipient, making it a good choice for both personal and professional correspondence.
• Kind regards
This letter ending is similar to best wishes, but it is a little more formal and distant. It is appropriate for a wide range of recipients and situations because it does not imply closeness or affection.
• I look forward to hearing from you
This closing is commonly used in business settings because it indicates that a response is expected even if it is not required. If you’re writing to a coworker, partner, or vendor and need an answer, this is a good way to conclude your letter.
• Thank you for your time and consideration
This is another common business letter closure. It politely acknowledges or suggests that the other person (or party) has devoted their time and attention to your issue.
• Thanks again
This is a much more informal way of saying “thank you for your time and consideration.” It is appropriate for expressing gratitude to people you know.
You would never end a business or academic letter with an expression of love, but it can be a quick, personal, and touching way to end a note to someone you care about.