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When typing a letter, is the "Sincerely" part of it indented, or left justified?

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lizzie1452 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM via web

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When typing a letter, is the "Sincerely" part of it indented, or left justified?

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:22 AM (Answer #1)

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The answer depends on your overall letter style.

In the block style, everything is left justified. So, your letter might be:

February 3, 2009

Dear Sue,

Hi, how are you?

Sincerely,

Lizzie

Many prefer to write their letters with some indentation. Basically, if you indent anything you should indent the Sincerely and the signature.

So, you might indent just the date and the Sincerely, etc.

February 3, 2009

Dear Sue,

Hi, how are you?

Sincerely,

Lizzie

Another style is to indent the date, the beginning of each paragraph and the Sincerely, etc.

February 3, 2009

Dear Sue,

---Hi, how are you?

Sincerely,

Lizzie

[I can't format correctly here. Imagine that the dashes before Hi are spaces. The point is that the paragraph indent would be less than the date and closing indent.]

 

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:42 AM (Answer #2)

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The format of a letter really depends on what type of letter you are writing.  If you are writing a business letter you would use the block formatting where everything is lined up on the left hand side of the paper with a one inch margin around the outside. 

If you plan on writing a friendly letter for a friend or relative the return address and the date would be justified to the right hand side of the page, the greeting would be justified to the left hand side of the page and you would indent each paragraph and the ending (Sincerely,)would be placed about 2/3rds of the way across with the signature under the Sincerely.

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jamesmunroe | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM (Answer #3)

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Generally speaking you would use block formatting, particularly with all types of formal letters. If you are writing a personal letter then this is not so important.

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