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Sirs,

Dr or Dr. - is full stop required after doctor or not necessary?

Another quesition is that i want to put two names of the doctors in the letter. How to use title?

Dear Dr. Avinash and Dr. Pratap,

or

Dear Drs Avinash and Pratap

Can you please help me? thanks

SHiva K
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Mr Shiva K,

In British English it is not necessary to indicate an abbreviation with a full stop (period) after the abbreviation, when the last letter of the abbreviation is the same as the unabbreviated word,while the opposite holds true in North American English. This means that while the abbreviation of Doctor is usually written as "Dr" in most of the Commonwealth, it is usually written as "Dr." in North America.

When addressing several people, each of whom holds a doctoral title, one may use the plural abbreviation "Drs" (or "Drs."in American English) for example, instead of Dr Vinod and Dr Harsh: Drs Vinod and Harsh. The abbreviation Drs. can also mean doctorandus, a Dutch academic title.

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Hello, Shiva.

Dr or Dr. - is full stop required after doctor or not necessary?-- It is no longer necessary. Both forms are acceptable.

Dear Dr. Avinash and Dr. Pratap

Dear Drs Avinash and Pratap-- Both of these are OK, too, though I would use the first.
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I would suggest that in the United States, the period is still needed, as it is after Mr., Mrs., or Ms. I understand its use is declining (or gone) in other versions of English.
Hi Shiva,

AnonymousDr or Dr. - is full stop required after doctor or not necessary?
It is optional

AnonymousDear Dr. Avinash and Dr. Pratap,
Absolutely right.

AnonymousDear Drs Avinash and Pratap
Never write as Drs. Instead, elaborate it as Doctors. It is acceptable in medical correspondance.

Dear Doctors Avinash and Pratap.

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Regards,

Sri
Thank you sirs. Lot of difference is observed with in english language use. American use is something easy compared to british use. British medical spellings are very difficult to write. Thanks again.

Shiva K
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Hi Shiva,
AnonymousBritish medical spellings are very difficult to write
Refer medical dictionary, if you have any difficulty.

Sri
Thaks sir.

Shiva K
The full stop after Dr indicating an abbreviation, was NEVER acceptable.

It should be Dr Avinash and Dr Pat...

Same applies for the plural

Rgds,

AC
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AnonymousThe full stop after Dr indicating an abbreviation, was NEVER acceptable. It should be Dr Avinash and Dr Pat...Same applies for the plural Rgds, AC
Hello AC.

This is simply not true in the U.S. We use the period after Dr. consistently.

Your statement that it is NEVER acceptable is incorrect. In fact, it's rare that we can say "never" with anything regarding English.
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