Hi all,

I've sent a formal letter to a prof. and he replied signing his name (like "Kind regards, John."). Now, can I reply by saying "Dear John", or am I to reply "Dear Prof. X"?

What's the more proper form?

Thanks a lot.
Hi,

I've sent a formal letter to a prof. and he replied signing his name (like "Kind regards, John."). Now, can I reply by saying "Dear John", or am I to reply "Dear Prof. X"?

What's the more proper form?


If you're not a student, 'John' would be acceptable if you know him reasonbably well. Otherwise, although we live in informal times, I'd suggest sticking with 'Dear Professor X'.

Best wishes, Clive
Odd - two separate people asking the same question but with different names. I think if you feel the need to ask this question, you must use "Professor xxx".
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?

Sorry Feebs11,

Actually it was me who posted anonymously here; I forgot my password, so I started the other thread before this one got published.

My mistake.