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    Hello everyone,

    I've got three questions.


    1.) How do you write Esq. without appravation?

    2.) If you don't know whether a man or a woman got your letter, which salutation do you use in Britain and which in America?

    3.) If you have only sometimes the power to sign, what do you put before your signature?
    - For + Name
    - By + Name
    - For and on behalf of + Name
    If you use the third one, which acronym do you use?


    Thanks in advance for your answers.

    Best regards,
    Dany
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    1- Esquire
    2 I use 'Dear sir or madam'
    3- pp

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1- Esquire
    2 I use 'Dear sir or madam'
    3- pp
    Thanks for your answers. But is "pp" not used if you got "procura", and you can signature everything?

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    pp= per procurationem (Latin ‘by proxy’), but is often used simply when signing a letter for someone else, even without specific powers. It may be different in the US, but it is frequently done in the UK. Of the three you suggest, the third seems to be the best choice.

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