I am writing a thank-you letter to donors. I noticed that previous letters used "We stand grateful" as the ending. I was wondering if this expression is ok and if there is a better expression?

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It's a little unusual - it sounds extremely formal, even a little old-fashioned.

You could just say "we are grateful".

If you want to say something more powerful, to express that your gratitude is enduring, there is a recognised phrase "we are eternally grateful", although this can seem a little excessive. You could perhaps say "we remain grateful".

You could also say "you have our gratitude", which implies that your gratitude is something tangible they can hold onto. Or, "you have our lasting gratitude".

  • "extremely formal, even a little old-fashioned." - "I stand grateful and amazed" ... Yale School of Drama Annual Magazine - 2013. Commented May 25, 2022 at 9:05
  • @MichaelHarvey So you're saying that the language used by a drama school isn't extremely formal and old fashioned? These are people that still read Shakespeare...
    – Astralbee
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 9:14
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    I was echoing, not disputing, your remark. Especially about Yale. Commented May 25, 2022 at 9:20
  • There are dozens of written instances of We remain gratefully yours in Google Books, but only one of We stand grateful to you (and that's not the closing line of a letter). The cited variant is just that - an "unusual" variant. Commented May 25, 2022 at 11:47

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