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Spanish SPEAKERS: What Does Atte. Prefix Mean?  
User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16841 times:

Okay,

I have heard this before, but I am starting to wonder what it means.
when a freind of mine signed off they put an atte. before their name:

atte. juan ortega (as an example).


what does this mean?

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User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16839 times:

"Attentamente" it's like saying "Your's Truly"

User currently offlineIB6400 From Mexico, joined Jun 1999, 247 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16794 times:

Hi!

"Atentamente"
I would say is more like "With my attentions..." rather than "Yours truly" ("Sinceramente", or "Quedo de usted")...

Atte.
Joaquín  Smile
Mexico City



Yo soy yo más mis circunstancias - J. Ortega y Gasset
User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16769 times:

How common is this form of departure used in Spanish writing? Is it considered formal or freindly?

User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 16750 times:

At least here in Chile, the "Atte." abbreviation is formally used...If you are writing a letter to your girlfriend you CAN'T write "Atte."...but it works with your boss.


Lan_Fanatic
Chile


User currently offlineIB6400 From Mexico, joined Jun 1999, 247 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16744 times:

Hi!

At least... I think I can speak for the rest of Latinamerica and Spain...

It's vey common to use "Atentamente" I would think it's the most popular... (Am I wrong?)

Lan Fanatic is so right... You can't use "Atte" with your girlfriend, it's very formal...

Joaquín  Smile
Mexico City



Yo soy yo más mis circunstancias - J. Ortega y Gasset
User currently offlineLima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 16730 times:

Is formal but at the same time is friendly to someone you are not close to.

Another way to finish a letter is using "Cordialmente" (cordially) followed by your signature.


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