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'Your,' 'Yours,' and Letter Writing
Monday June 4th 2018
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What is the difference between 'your' and 'yours' in letter writing? — Samuel , Ghana
Answer

Your is an adjective that means "relating to or belonging to you." Yours is a pronoun that means "that which belongs to you." Yours is also used in letter writing as a closing. Your is less commonly used as a closing in letter writing. Below are some examples of how each is used.

 

Your adjective : relating to or belonging to you

  • I like your new hat.
  • Is that your car?

: made or done by you

  • Thank you for your donation.
  • He needs your permission to go to the party.

 

Yours pronoun : that which belongs to you

  • Is that car yours?
  • We have two coats in the Lost and Found. Yours must be the smaller one.
  • He said he was a friend of yours.

 

Yours pronoun -- used at the end of an informal letter

Hi Kevin,

I wanted to say thanks for helping me yesterday.

Yours,

David

 

Your is only sometimes used in letter closings. Below are some examples of how it might be used:

  • Your biggest fan,
  • Your dearest husband,
  • Your most devoted friend,

 

Below is a list of more formal letter closings:

  • Respectfully yours,
  • Sincerely yours,
  • Cordially yours,
  • Yours truly,
  • Respectfully,
  • Sincerely,
  • Cordially,
  • Regards,
  • Best regards,
  • Best wishes,
  • With sincere thanks,
  • With appreciation,

 

 

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