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How do you start a business letter

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How to start and end a business letter or email

A common mistake in ending an email is to write "Bye" or "Bye Bye". As this is not a standard way of ending business emails, it makes your writing look unprofessional. Here are some widely used phrases for starting and ending correspondence in British English.

1. Formal letter of application (for a job)

Dear Sir / Madam

I am writing to apply for…


I look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully

2. Formal business correspondence (for example: letter of enquiry)


Best wishes / Kind regards

5. In-company email request

(no salutation)

Could you…


Thanks / Cheers

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