When to use Regards, Best regards, Kind regards in email / letter ?

When should I use Regards, Best regards or Kind regards at the end of an email or at the end of a letter ? Do these sign-offs have the same meaning in English ?
03 Aug 2021 at 08:43 AM
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florisfloris
Regards, Best regards and Kind regards don't have exactly the same meaning, but there are not a big differences between them. Each of them is prefered in different situations. It depends on who is the recipient of email or letter, for example friend, customer, employer, colleague etc.

  • Regards - means that you have respect for the recipient (but not a close relationship with him or her)
  • Best regards - is a semiformal, friendly but respectful closing for emails or letters. It can be used for both personal and professional correspondence.
  • Kind regards - is a little more formal variation of Best regards. It is appropriate to use it in business correspondence, because it is considered to be more professional.
06 Aug 2021 at 09:32 AM
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EmmaEmma
Adjectives best or kind give to "regards" a bit different meaning, that is appropriate in some specific situations, for example in formal or semi formal communication.
12 Aug 2021 at 09:06 AM
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RonRon
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