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Closing a Personal Letter

By Edited Aug 19, 2016 0 1

Closing a personal letter shouldn't be so difficult, but somehow, it has become one of the more important pieces of the communication. The way you sign off is important because it's the final words read, so it's going to be a lasting memory. Closing a personal letter can be done in several ways. Let's take a quick look at some of the more popular things to say.


Closing a personal letter with the word love is okay, as long as you sincerely love the person you gave it to. For casual acquaintances and others, signing off with the word love may not be the best options. Love is a passionate feeling for another, and as such, isn't always the best thing for closing a personal letter. With love, all my love, love forever are all just slight variations.


This one is pretty generic, but it's a great word for closing a personal letter. The word conveys that you are genuine and real. When used as a sign off, it insinuates the enter paper was sincere. There are plenty of variations you can use. Sincerely yours, very sincerely, etc. They all mean the same basic things. The addition of the word yours and very sometimes make it softer.


This one works pretty well as a closing on personal letters in most cases. It lacks a friendly touch to some extent, but is really pretty fair to use for virtually any written correspondence. The addition of other words can add to the feel of the sign off. Thank you for your time, for example, is something that would generally be used when you don't know the person as well. The addition of a name, as in, thank you James, makes a better connection with the reader.


This is a nice and very casual sign off for closing a personal letter. This is generally reserved for close friends, those that you truly will see again in the near future. Some also use it as a more generic method, and it's fine, but it can send mixed messages. Variations are; Talk to you later, see you around, etc.


This should be used when you truly are friends. A friend is typically not a casual acquaintance. For good friends, it's a great closing for a personal letter. It conveys feeling in your correspondence, and it makes for a fairly warm sign off. Your pal, your bud, and your good friend are all variations.


This is a more generic method for closing a personal letter. This one will work, even for close friends, but it really lacks any feeling. For some, this makes it one of the best choices. There are plenty of choices if you want to use a variation of this sign off. Have fun, have a good day, etc.


Closing a personal letter with best wishes is perfectly acceptable, but it is a little generic, like some of the others. It seems to lack the closeness of many of the other sign offs, but it really depends on the relationship of the sender and reader. Warm wishes, and wishing you the best are nice variations. This one can be used in written communications for virtually anyone.


Closing a personal letter with something like, take care, is generally something a parent would use on a child. Of course, those that have a mentor type relationship with the reader may choose this one as well. It is something you would expect a big brother to write to the little brother. Keep safe, take care of yourself, etc. are all decent variations to use as a sign off.


Closing a personal letter with something like God bless obviously has a religious ring to it. Many don't see it that way, however, using it as more of a generic sign off. Still, this is something you would typically use when you know your reader well, or know of their religious practices. Godspeed, bless you, go with Christ are all acceptable variations.


Closing a personal letter with regards really shows little care. It's certainly not an unacceptable sign off, but there's really no feeling there. It's fine to use for casual acquaintances, but probably not something you should use with a loved one. Warm regards if another variation.


Closing a personal letter like this generally means you are truly yearning for something. It could be looking forward to seeing you next week, looking forward to hearing back from you etc. This one can be made into a more generic or personal form, depending on the words added. Acceptable variations would be, can't wait to…


This one isn't very friendly sounding, but for closing a personal letter, it will work out okay. It seems to lake feeling, and sounds to be what you would use with someone you don't know very well. Still, it is a very acceptable way to sign off. Cordially yours would be a variation.


Closing a personal letter with this is essentially asking the reader to continue to communication. For this reason, it's almost more of a question than a sign off. It is something you would expect from friends. Call me, or write back soon are all acceptable variations.


Closing a personal letter with something like this is very informal. It's something close buddies that goof around a lot would use. It's fine to use when you know the reader will take it with a smile. Smell you later would be a variation.

As you can see, closing a personal letter shouldn't be too terribly hard. There are several things you can say when you sign off. While some, like love, should only be reserved for those you truly love, the others can pretty much be used whenever you see fit. There really is thousands of ways for closing a personal letter that I haven't touched on. Use the sign off you see fit, and make sure the body of the message conveys what it's supposed to, and the sign want matter nearly as much.

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Dec 16, 2010 12:52pm
What a great collection of closings!
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