Useful Phrases



Here are a few Useful Phrases for Social Correspondence.

Openings :

The standard opening for personal correspondence is
Dear but variations include:

• My dear …
• My dearest …
• Darling …

Useful phrases:

• Thank you for your letter [inviting, offering, confirming]
• I am very grateful to you for [letting me know, offering, writing]
• It was so kind of you to [write, invite, send]
• Many thanks for [sending, inviting, enclosing]
• I am writing to tell you that
• I am delighted to announce that
• I was delighted to hear that
• I am sorry to inform you that
• I was so sorry to hear that

Closures: For acquaintances and formal situations

• Best wishes.
• With best wishes.
• Kindest regards.

Closures: Affectionate variations for close friends and family

• All my love
• All the best
• Love
• Lots of love
• Much love
• With love
• Love from us both
• See you soon
• Once again many thanks • I look forward to seeing you soon
• With love and best wishes
• With love to you all
• Do give my kindest regards to …

If you know the name of the person use:

• Yours sincerely

If you don’t know the name of the person use:

• Yours faithfully


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