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Which one is more formal and appealing?
1: Respected Sir/Madam
2: Respected Sir or Madam
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Neither is used in BrE or AmE salutations. We use Dear Sir/Madam or Dear Sir or Madam. The slash shows more laziness than typing out 'or', but neither is particularly formal or appealing because the writer has not obtained the recipient's name-- it is a generic salutation.
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Mister MicawberThe slash shows more laziness than typing out 'or', but neither is particularly formal or appealing because the writer has not obtained the recipient's name-- it is a generic salutation.
Hi Mr Micawber,

John, you have shown more laziness than Michael. The sentence would mean that John is more lazier than Michael, who is also lazy. Typing out or wouldn't be an act of laziness rather by doing this writer is showing that he is as active and precise as he can be. So I'm concerned about your use of more which shows comparison. I'm just asking for the explanation.

I believe a letter can be formal even without knowing the recipient's name. Actually as far as I know, most formal letters are written without knowing the name of the addressee.
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John is more lazier than Michael
I really don't need lecturing to, Jackson. It would be better for you to try to understand what I told you.
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Mister MicawberThe slash shows more laziness than typing out 'or', but neither is particularly formal or appealing because the writer has not obtained the recipient's name-- it is a generic salutation.
Hi Mr Micawber,

John, you have shown more laziness than Michael. The sentence would mean that John is lazier than Michael. This implies that Michael is also lazy. Typing out or wouldn't be an act of laziness rather by doing this writer is showing that he is as active and precise as he can be. So I'm concerned about your use of more which shows comparison. I'm just asking for the explanation.

I believe a letter can be formal even without knowing the recipient's name. Actually as far as I know, most formal letters are written without knowing the name of the addressee.

PS: I have made some corrections. And I'm not lecturing you on anything. You are an expert and I'm just a learner. I'm just asking for the explanation.
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Explanation of what? An explanation of what your opinion is? What part of my original statement do you not understand?
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Jackson6612The slash shows more laziness than typing out 'or', but neither is particularly formal or appealing because the writer has not obtained the recipient's name-- it is a generic salutation.
Why did you use more?

Why did you say that a letter can not be formal if you don't know the name of the addressee?
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Why did you use more?-- Well, I have the benefit of your earlier comments, so I can say (1) 'more' includes 'more than zero', and/or (2) finding the recipient's proper name is not lazy at all.

Why did you say that a letter can not be formal if you don't know the name of the addressee?-- I did not say that at all; I said that it was not particularly formal. It is generic, which makes much of its content neutral, I think--like a newspaper article, directed to no one in particular.
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Hi Mr Micawber,
Mister MicawberWhy did you use more? -- Well, I have the benefit of your earlier comments, so I can say (1) 'more' includes 'more than zero', and/or (2) finding the recipient's proper name is not lazy at all.
If you used more to include more than zero then here should also exist zero laziness. I'm afraid there doesn't exist any such thing. Well, you can argue that zero laziness means active. Then your sentence would read: The slash shows more laziness than typing out 'or' (typing out or is an act of ''zero laziness). Typing out slash shows more laziness than typing out or. Does my analysis make any sense?

What do you mean by ''finding the recipient's proper name is not lazy at all''?
Mister MicawberWhy did you say that a letter can not be formal if you don't know the name of the addressee?-- I did not say that at all; I said that it was not particularly formal. It is generic, which makes much of its content neutral, I think--like a newspaper article, directed to no one in particular.
I think salutation has nothing to do with the formality or informality of the letter. The content of the letter will show what register the writer has chosen to use. So my conclusion is that you cannot deduce anything about the register of the letter by just reading the salutation Dear Sir or Madam and Dear Sir/Madam. And I would also say Dear Sir or Madam is more formal as far as salutation is concerned.

Thanks a lot for my edification.
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