Can I start witing a formal letter with "Dear Mr. or Mrs."? Without any names, just the phrase in the quotation marks.
Can I start writing an informal letter to my aunt and my uncle with "Dear uncle, dear aunt" or maybe "Dear uncle and aunt"?
I you consider these greetings incorrect, can you suggest something instead?
Can I start writing a formal letter with "Dear Mr. or Mrs."? Without any names, just the phrase in the quotation marks. No.
Can I start writing an informal letter to my aunt and my uncle with "Dear uncle, dear aunt" or maybe "Dear uncle and aunt"? Yes. It's more common to use 'and'.
We often refer to such relatives by name, so you could say 'Dear Aunt Mary and Uncle Tom,'. It's considered polite to put the woman's name first. I've also capitalized 'aunt' and 'uncle'.
Best wishes, Clive
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Take some time to complete your salutation by using correct names and titles.
For informal letters to your uncle and aunt, yes, just couple their names and titles together with "and."
I really have to disagree. "Dear Mr. or Mrs." just looks really unprofessional. You can't use it in a business letter. (And if the person reading it is an unmarried female, she's not even addressed at all!)
I would advise you to start your letter with: Dear Mr.(last name) or Dear Mrs.(last name),
I would advise you to say: Dear Uncle and Aunt,
Hope that helps!
I'm looking at all these responses and has everyone forgotten our friend in ambiguity "To Whom It May Concern"?
Other than for a general letter of reference for someone, are you seriously suggesting that people should write business letters starting with 'To Whom It May Concern'?
Please, please, please say you aren't advocating this.
Best wishes, Clive
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