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robjen
Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:14:52 PM
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My senior manager just retired last week. My supervisor is organizing a retirement party for her, which will take place next month. He is sending out invitations and requesting each of us to contribute $30 towards to a gift for her. I won't be able to attend it because I will be away all of next month. I will give my supervisor $30 for the gift.

When I give him the money, can I say this to him? First, I will apologize for not attending the party and then I will say:

(1) Please give her my best wishes.

(2) Please give her my best regards.

Which one is correct: best wishes or best regards? Thanks a lot.

Hope123
Posted: Sunday, April 8, 2018 9:30:17 AM

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Hi Robjen.

I am not in business but will try to answer as no one else seems to have found your question in this sub forum.

As a native speaker who is not in business, I would say give her my best wishes for her retirement. However, business people are increasingly using "regards" or "best regards" in emails I receive. So probably both would be correct and it just depends upon which you choose and how formal you wish to be for this social occasion. It really is not that important a distinction and either would be understood and accepted.

Since you are going to be out of town, I would not call it apologizing but giving an explanation for your absence.

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robjen
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018 2:26:54 AM
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Thank you very much, Hope123.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018 4:54:32 PM

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Hi Robjen.

I agree with Hope, mainly.

To me, "best regards" would be used for a person you really do not know - in my previous job I knew my senior; my senior's senior; and the managing director and her senior personally.
I would say "best wishes" or something like that to all of them.

In my current job, I've never met my senior. I've had a couple of e-mails from him over the last year . . .
I wouldn't even donate to a leaving gift! Whistle

You can always avoid the problem by saying "wish him all the best".

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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