i'm a female writing to my male friend who is a platonic friend.how should I, at the end of my letter, write:

"your friend britt"

At the end of his letter he put Dein Freund Joerg but I noticed Freundin is the same for friend (that is a girl) and girlfriend.

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    wo ist jetzt der Unterschied zw. deine Freundin und deine Freundin? Abgesehen davon, dass ich Deine Freundin schreiben würde, und davon, dass Freund auch im Sinne von Boyfriend verwendet wird? Oct 19 '11 at 12:19
  • I think "girlfriend" can also mean "female friend", especially among girls.
    – fzwo
    Nov 12 '11 at 18:52

I think if it's obvious that you're not his girlfriend from the context you can write

Deine Freundin Brittany

Especially when "Freundin" is used with a name it commonly denominates platonic friendships.

Tom: "Meine Freundin studiert Geschichte." (girlfriend)

Tom: "Meine Freundin Anja studiert Geschichte." (friend)

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    Just to add this: a German would never sign a letter to her lover with "Deine Freundin xxx". How we do that would be another nice question here. ;)
    – Takkat
    Oct 19 '11 at 6:50
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    +1 for splattne for the name thing - I've never noticed so far, but it's true. Also, +1 for Takkat - 100% agreed.
    – Mac
    Oct 19 '11 at 7:26
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    @splattne: Suggestion to add: If it's the girlfriend and her name should be mentioned, the usual form is "Anja, meine Freundin, studiert Geschichte."
    – Jan
    Oct 19 '11 at 8:27
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    "Meine Freundin Anja" can still mean "my girlfriend Anja", and "meine Freundin" can still mean "my friend" (if he has only 1 female friend or if it's obvious who is referred to) so that's not a rock-solid translation. Even "eine meiner Freundinnen" can mean that the author is poly-amorous ;) Only "feste Freundin" or some term of endearment ("mein Schatz Anja") or adjective ("meine liebe Anja") is definite. In other words: It's complicated!
    – Hackworth
    Oct 19 '11 at 10:10
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    But "Meine Freundin, Anja, studiert Geschichte" would mean girlfriend. Of course, you have to hear the commas :)
    – fzwo
    Nov 12 '11 at 18:48

Note that this is a symmetric situation, "Freund" also denotes "boyfriend".

So, if your German-speaking platonic friend signs his letter like that, you can absolutely mimic that (if you are sure that he also know that you are in a platonic friendship :) ). Letter-endings among friends can be very idiosyncratic, anyway.

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