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Expressions used in letters and correspondence

Dear

adjective

used in front of someone’s name at the beginning of a letter to them

postscript

noun

a message that you write at the end of a letter or email, usually below the place where you sign your name

love

noun

used at the end of a letter to someone you know well

herewith

adverb

with this letter, statement, document, or contract. This word is often used in official and legal documents.

dearest

adjective

used in front of the name of someone you love at the beginning of a letter to them

Yours

used at the end of a formal letter before your name

Yours sincerely

used before your name as a way of ending a formal letter

kind regards

an expression that you can use at the end of an informal letter before you sign your name

best wishes

used as a friendly way of ending a letter to someone you know who is not a very close friend

Dear Sir

used for beginning a letter to a man whose name you do not know

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chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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