List of abbreviations used in writing a formal letter

In the table below is a list of a abbreviations used in writing forma letters.

Abbreviation

Meaning / Usage

ASAP

As soon as possible

attn

attention:use to show that a letter is for the attention of a particular person

fao

for the attention of: used in front of someone’s name on a document, letter, or even envelope to show that it is intended for them

cc

Carbon copy (if the copy of letter is being sent to more than one receipant)

c/o

care of, often used in an address on a letter that is being sent to someone at another person’s house, or company

enc.

Enclosure (list of attachments to the letter)

ps

Postscript (when adding something after finishing and signing a letter)

pp

Used when signing the letter on somebody else’s behalf, because he/she is not able to sign letter (latin per procurationem)

RSVP

Please, reply back (fr, “répondez s’il vous plait” )

ref.

reference: used in a business letter when giving the numbers and letters that show exactly which document or piece of information you are talking about

re

Reply

PPS

written before a note at the end of a letter, after the ps note