On our site, you will learn how to properly start and end an email. There is many ways to do it.It depends to who you are writing to and what for.

For example You don't write an email to your boss or client in the same way that you write to your friend. We show you how to do it right.

To a Friend Business Email To a Stranger to a teacher/professor
Hello yes no no no
Hi yes no no no
Dear yes yes no no
How are you? yes no no no
Hey yes no no no
Hey there yes no no no
Dear Mr/Mrs no yes no yes
Hello Mr/Mrs no yes no yes
To Whom It May Concern no yes yes no
Dear Sir/Madam no yes yes no

Email to a friend


Start/opening:

  • Hello (name)
  • Hi (name)
  • How are you?(name)
  • Hey (name)
  • Hey there

End/Close:

  • Cheers
  • See ya
  • See you soo
  • Best,(name)
  • Your Friend
  • Love from

Business Email


Utilizing the proper salutation at the beginning of a letter is key in all business correspondence. Begin your the body of your email with a professional salutation.A common mistake in ending business email is to write "Bye" or "Bye Bye". If you're sending a business e-mail you should begin:

Start/opening:

  • Dear Mr Jones
  • Hello Mr Jones
  • Dear Sir / Madam
  • Ladies and Gentleman - to more than one person
  • Dear John - to a colleague or close business partner:
  • To Whom It May Concern

End/Close:

  • Sincerely,(Your full name)
  • Thank You,
  • Regards,
  • Yours faithfully

Email to a teacher or professor


Address your teacher formally. Think about what you're saying.Do not try to sugar-coat what you are trying to say.
Be specific and detailed about what the difficulty or challenge is regarding.
Try to avoid repeating words if at all possible. NEVER begin with "Hey" or similar.

Start/opening:

  • Dear Mr Jones/Professor
  • Hello Mr/Professor

End/Close:

  • Thank you in advance
  • Thank You,

Email to a stranger


Start/opening:

  • Dear Sir or Madam
  • To whom it may concern (If you don't know person')