and ending the letter
can now begin the letter but leave as much space as possible so
that the body of the letter sits tidily in the middle part of the
you know the person you are writing to very well or are on friendly
terms, begin simply with the first name, Dear Mary or Dear
you don't know the person you are writing to so well, but know of
him as a named individual, start with title and surname: Dear
Mr Potter or Dear Dr Baker or Dear Miss Taylor or
Dear Mrs Cook or Dear Ms Barber. If you are not sure which
of the last three titles is appropriate in any particular case,
it is probably best to stick to Ms.
this type of letter with Yours sincerely. It is not necessary
to insert a comma after beginnings or endings. If you know the person
you are writing to well, it may be appropriate to insert a closing
formula, such as With very best wishes, before the ending
the letter with your first name, if you are on first-name terms,
or with your full name, if it needs to be a little more formal,
but without any title. Your full typewritten name and designation
(on separate lines) should appear beneath your handwritten signature.
you do not know the name of the person you are writing to, begin
with Dear Sir or Dear Sir or Madam or Dear
Madam and end your letter with Yours faithfully, followed
by your full name and designation.