We encounter salutations almost daily. Some of us more often than others, depending on the kind of work we do. You may notice coworkers using both “Best Regards” and “Best regards”. But which one of them is correct? Can both forms work? Or is it the ancient Highlander tale of “There can be only one?” What is the answer to the question is best regards capitalized.
Is “Best Regards” Capitalized in an Email closing?
Only the “Best” in “Best regards” should be capitalized in an email closing. WIth email closings, the rule is to capitalize only the first word of the closing.
Cases When Best Regards Is Capitalized
There is only one can when you can capitalize both or every word and that is if they come in the salutations of an email or if you are more of a nostalgic romantic – a letter. That doesn’t only apply to “Best Regards,” but every other type of salutation that one could possibly write in the beginning of an email or letter. For example:
- Best Regards
- Kind Regards
- Dear Assistant District Attorney
- Dear Madam
- Dear Sir
“Best Regards” should also be capitalized when used in a headline or title such as in the title and headings of this article.
Cases When “Best Regards” Is Lowercase
When you are using “Best regards” as a closing to an email or letter, it is advisable that only the first word should be capitalized. That is true for “Best regards” and every other phrase that comes at the end of a letter or email, such as Sincerely yours, etc.
When Is It OK to Use “Best Regards” as a Closing of an Email or Letter
Picking the right words to close a letter or email can be tough. It’s a struggle to fit the perfect words that will go with the tone of the rest of the email. If you want to use “Best regards” you should use it only if:
- The client with who you are exchanging emails has already set an informal tone to your exchange
- When you are in conversation with a client that you had for a few months now
- When you are interacting with a colleague at work.