Sincerely yours consists of the adverb sincerely (which means “genuinely”) and the possessive pronoun yours. The sign-off should always be followed by a comma. It’s used in a similar way to Yours truly, although that’s traditionally used for people you haven’t communicated with before. Nowadays, this distinction is no longer as strict.
Yours sincerely or Sincerely yours
- In American English, you use Sincerely yours.
- In British English, you use Yours sincerely.
Yours truly, faithfully, or sincerely
- In American English, Yours truly is used as a formal sign-off in emails to people you haven’t communicated with before.
- In British English, Yours faithfully is used in this context. “Yours truly” is sometimes used in British English, but it’s considered more informal. It’s best to use “Yours faithfully” in business emails.
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Frequently asked questions about Sincerely yours
What does your sincerely mean?
Your sincerely is a common misspelling of the email sign-off Yours sincerely.
The phrase consists of the possessive pronoun “yours” and the adverb “sincerely” and does not make use of the possessive determiner “your.”
It’s used to end an email to someone you’ve already had correspondence with.
Is it yours truly or truly yours?
Yours truly is a common sign-off in formal correspondence. It’s typically used when you’re writing to someone you haven’t communicated with before.