Can “Enclosure” go at the top of a letter?
A reader inquires:
Is it permissible to list Enclosures at the top of a letter right after Subject and/or References or should they always be listed at the bottom of the letter after your closing?
I suppose that anything is “permissible,” but some things are not advisable. Shaking up the conventional order of a business letter is not a good idea.
People opening a business letter expect it to be arranged in the following conventional order:
1. writer’s return address
2. date the letter is being written
3. name, title, and address of recipient
4. salutation (with colon)
5. a RE or subject line if desired (some guides place the subject line above the salutation)
6. body of the letter
7. closing and signature
8. notice of enclosure
Busy people appreciate anything that makes their work easier. Observing conventional order in a business letter is one of those things.
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