Diamond Geezer has a great post on how to start and end an email, with 44 comments at present. It starts Hi Reader and ends Many thanks dg. I think this shows that there is no easy answer to how to address people in both formal and informal emails. I hope this post doesn't come across as prescriptive, because I have great doubts about all forms of address and closing. In German, the problem is just as great. First, in letters (British English only): Dear Sir or Madam ... Yours faithfully Dear Mr. Smith /Dear John ... Yours sincerely In the law firm I worked in, we had this closing for clients: Kind regards In formal emails, you might start Dear... And close: Best regards Kind regards Is this right? I rarely write formal emails in English and I have been known to close Yours sincerely which may be a no-no in email. Now the emails to friends, acquaintances and forums. I usually start: Hi Some write Hello To a forum, I often start without a greeting. To close, I usually write Regards Some write Kind regards Best regards which seem awfully formal to me. Then there are Cheers and if one wants an answer Thanks Many thanks TIA MTIA Best wishes I particularly liked dg's comments on Take care.
Take care. Whereas this one's not so good. It may be only eight letters long, but there's an unspoken hint within that something terrible is about to take place. You might as well end your email with "Watch out!" instead. It's much too negative for me, and I'd hope for you too.
But I suspect that Take care is more common among Americans. Now about German. First, formal. A potential new client might write: Sehr geehrte Frau Marks .. ...Zum vollständigen Artikel