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Hi,

When do you use "Dear Sir", "dear teachers", "dear friends".. when writing? It's very formal?
On this forum, can't I use this?Why?

Quoc
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Dear Quoc,

It's just a common opening statement. You can use it here, but you don't have too. We are extremely INFORMAL, I think.
Thanks,

But when I wrote Dear Sir on the forum, somebody wrote back:

Why are addressing Alan with "Dear Sir"?

Do you know what he mean?

Quoc

PS: "Sir" refers to Alan.

Please return to "content" thread and share with me your opinion.Thanks.
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Well, Dear Sir is a little formal - It's the "Sir" part, not the "Dear" that makes it so.

Also, I think, we are not writing letters to each other here, but having a conversation. So when you start each post with "Dear so-and-so," it doesn't seem quite natural. But it is certainly not WRONG to do so, and if you are more comfortable writing "Dear Alan" than you are writing "Hi Barb," you should do what you prefer.
if you are more comfortable writing "Dear Alan" than you are writing "Hi Barb," you should do what you prefer.

Dear Alan,

Good advice, Barb!

Jim

P.S. I felt more comfortable writing "Dear Alan" than "Hi Barb"! Emotion: big smile
(You may hit me now! LOL.)
Dear Jim,

ARGH! (Whap!)

Regards,

Barb Geek
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Thanks

Q