Sincerely, avoid mistakes in business correspondence
Again and again one hears that the salutation “Best regards” is outdated and boring and the clever letter writer resorts to more modern parting sentences. Alternatives to the usual salutation “Best regards” are, for example:
- Best regards
- Many greetings
Greetings in business correspondence with a location are also often used. The advantage: it makes the whole letter look a little more personal while remaining serious at the same time. A greeting such as: “Warm greetings from Bonn” can certainly be described as serious and sometimes something different than “Best regards”.
“Best regards” error
With the new German orthography, this greeting also raises the question: What is the correct name? Greetings or greetings? And do I have to put a comma after the sentence or even a colon? What about the singular, is “Best regards” also accepted? Basically, according to Duden, the salutation is written with a “ß” and a comma after the sentence also corresponds to the German standard. The singular form “Best regards” is also generally accepted.
However, a short and concise “MfG” should be avoided in business correspondence, as should the much-ridiculed LOL. Among colleagues in e-mail form, the “MfG” may still be okay, but for official correspondence you should definitely use the “Best regards” written out. In addition, the short “MfG” seems as if you are pressed for time and sometimes it is worth giving a customer a little more time with his written greetings.
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