When you write a letter, the salutation might go
Dear John,
How are you etc.
But if you write
Hello John,
How are you etc.
Shouldn't there be a comma after Hello? In the first instance, it's like saying "come sit here, dear John" but the second is like "glad to see you, John"
So should there be a comma after Hello and it's just ommitted?
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When you write a letter, the salutation might go Dear John, How are you etc. But if you write Hello ... second is like "glad to see you, John" So should there be a comma after Hello and it's just ommitted?

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When you write a letter, the salutation might go Dear John, How are you etc. But if you write Hello ... second is like "glad to see you, John" So should there be a comma after Hello and it's just ommitted?

I would never start a letter Hello John.
Edward

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When you write a letter, the salutation might go Dear John, How are you etc.

Does the sentence "I received a Dear John letter today" have the same meaning in Leftpondia that it does over here? Particularly to servicemen?
Mike

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Does the sentence "I received a Dear John letter today" have the same meaning in Leftpondia that it does over here? Particularly to servicemen?

Yes. I can't think of a term that describes a letter blowing off a girlfriend, though. A "Dear Jane" letter would work, but I've never seen it used.  ...
I would never start a letter Hello John. Edward

Hello(,) Edward,
What about emails? I find "Dear Edward" kind of heavy for an email when the subject is semi-formal, that is.
Do you start emails with "Dear Edward" or just "Edward,"?  ...
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Edward writes Does the sentence "I received a Dear John ... in Leftpondia that it does over here? Particularly to servicemen?

Yes. I can't think of a term that describes a letter blowing off a girlfriend, though. A "Dear Jane" letter would work, but I've never seen it used.

Men are usually the blowees, not the blowers. In those rare cases when the roles are reversed, men just don't call (or write) anymore, not that they called (or wrote) that much before.

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I would never start a letter Hello John. Edward

Hello(,) Edward, What about emails? I find "Dear Edward" kind of heavy for an email when the subject is semi-formal, that is. Do you start emails with "Dear Edward" or just "Edward,"?

I receive emails starting 'Mike', or more ominously 'Michael'. The latter scares me because in my younger days it preceded a reprimand, the feeling lingers.
Mike

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Do you start emails with "Dear Edward" or just "Edward,"?

I receive emails starting 'Mike', or more ominously 'Michael'. The latter scares me because in my younger days it preceded a reprimand, the feeling lingers.

You want ominous, you should see the notes from various mailings I've signed myself up for, starting either "Dear R," or simply "R,"..

Excite.com makes up for this somewhat when I'm using one of their features requiring log-in...there's always a helpful link that says "I am not R"..r  ...
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