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Um, today in my English class we found some mismatch in use of closing phrases in letters, "Yours sincerely" and "Yours faithfully". The Oxford Dictionary said that the first is used to close letter when recipient is addressed by name and the second is used when he is not. But in workbook they were used the other way. And I also stumbled upon similar usage at one English site. Can someone explain this to me?

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2010-10-16 в 19:15 

Interesting question. Apparently many native English speakers have the same uncertainty about those terms as questions about differences between them often appear on forums and such.

Generally responses agree with the Oxford dictionary:

Yours Faithfully ("Yours truly" for Americans) is used when recipient's name is not mentioned;
Yours Sincerely ("Sincerely yours" for Americans) is used when recipient was addressed by name.

However most commenters mention that they tend to sign letters according to their own preferences instead of according to the rules.

As for explanation, there was one I rather liked here:

I use “Dear Jane” to someone I know and end with “Yours sincerely”, whether she is dear to me or not, to indicate that she may rely on the emotions I express.

I use “Dear Sir” to someone I do not know and end with “Yours faithfully”, where my faithfulness is to indicate that my words may be relied upon.


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