'Yours sincerely' or 'Yours faithfully'?

(Last Updated: 9 June 2022)

Part 4

Yours sincerely and Yours faithfully are formal complimentary closes used in British English.

Yours sincerely is typically used when the recipient is addressed by name (e.g., Dear Mr Lau) and is known to the sender to some degree, whereas Yours faithfully is used when the recipient is not known by name (e.g., Dear Sir/Madam).

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary's entry for Yours sincerely

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary's entry for Yours faithfully

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