Here’s a useful list of ways you can close your letter.
Request a reply from the person you are writing to
- Let me know what you think. (informal)
- Hope to hear from you soon. (informal / semi-formal)
- I look forward to your reply. (semi-formal/formal)
- I look forward to hearing from you. (semi-formal/formal)
- I would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter. (formal)
- I would appreciate a prompt reply at your earliest convenience. (formal)
- I look forward to receiving your response in the near future. (formal)
Invite the reader to contact you if they need any further help or information
- If you need anything else, just ask. (informal)
- Let me know if you need any more information. (informal / semi-formal)
- If you require any further information, feel free to contact me. (semi-formal / formal)
- Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. (formal)
- Please inform me if I could be of any further assistance. (formal)
A list of useful ‘general’ closing phrases:
- Love and best wishes (informal)
- See you soon (informal)
- All the best (informal / semi-formal)
- Best wishes (informal / semi-formal)
- Kindest regards (semi-formal / formal)
- Respectfully yours (formal)
- Cordially (formal)
Using ‘Your sincerely’ and ‘Yours faithfully’
An important note – make sure you know these rules! Finishing on the wrong expression can leave a bad final impression for the examiner!
In formal letters, if you use a person’s name, use ‘Yours sincerely’. If you start with ‘Dear Sir or Madam’, use ‘Yours faithfully’.
An easy way to remember this is never mix the the ‘S’ words – ‘Sir’ is NOT ‘sincerely’!!