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When finishing the formal or informal letter is it necessary to use a comma after the closing? For example:

Yours sincerely,

X. Y.

I have found both alternatives and I would like to know if there is a rule regarding this matter.

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    Where have you found both alternatives? That makes a big difference. – J.R. Nov 9 '15 at 14:58
  • In one of my textbbok there is an example of a formal letter. And the comma is missing there. It surprised me. May be it's a TYPO because I think the comma probably prevails. – bart-leby Nov 9 '15 at 15:13
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    Am I the only one who doesn't think that "your sincerely" is not a greeting? I would probably call it a part of a signature. A greeting is what we write in the beginning of a letter, no? – Victor Bazarov Nov 9 '15 at 19:48
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    That is not a greeting; it is called a closing. See this image, among many others. Also @VictorBazarov – user20792 Nov 9 '15 at 20:20
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Referencing this answer from the ELU question Sincerely [comma?] name:

If you look at a How to Write A Business Letter manual, the comma will more than likely be there. For business letters it may matter. For personal letters, there are no strict rules.

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