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    Default I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    Dear English speakers,

    Accidentally, I wrote, in a formal letter, the abbreviation ”Dr.” with “d” (dr.).

    Is that a big mistake?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    I'm afraid so - yes.

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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    Is it a good idea to re-send an E-mail stating my mistake, or not?

    How to write my apologetic mail?

    Could you please help me?

    Postscript:

    For example:

    "Dear sir/madam

    Because momentum I wrote your title wrong [...]"
    Last edited by Lennie_ar; 28-Jan-2012 at 10:02.

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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lennie_ar View Post
    Is it a good idea to re-send an E-mail stating my mistake, or not?

    How to write my apologetic mail?

    Could you please help me?
    Probably not. Did you call the recipient of the letter "dr. Someone"? That is the only circumstance in which I'd consider drawing attention to my mistake.
    Besides, if he or she is an academic, he's going to have read far worse from his students. He'll just assume it was a typo, or maybe he won't notice it. I don't see how you can expect to make things any better.

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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    I agree with that. Don't draw attention to it. You've sent it now. I'm sure the recipient will either not notice or just assume it was a simple typo. I don't think many people would take serious professional umbrage at something that is clearly a mistake. Don't worry about it. Just get it right the next time you email him/her.

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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    Dear Raymott,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I will leave it as is. Hopefully it will not form a bad impression.

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    Default I feel that I must apologise for the incorrect "dr."

    Dear English speakers,

    I am keep feeling that I must apologize to the professor for my incorrect "dr.".

    Apart from the fact that my letter might seem silly, there is the need for me of making the best impression that I can. I am trying for admission.

    Could you provide me with an example of apology? What I could write for correcting this mistake?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: I feel that I must apologise for the incorrect "dr."

    Quote Originally Posted by Lennie_ar View Post
    Could you provide me with an example of apology? What I could write for correcting this mistake?
    I have moved your post to this thread, Lennie. People may wish to look back at what has gone before.

    If you were trying to impress that person in your letter, for example, if you were applying for a job, then your mistake may not have made a good impression at the time - if they noticed it - but that is now past.

    To write a letter of apology for making one small typo would seem rather strange to the recipient. I would suggest that you try to forget the whole thing. The person concerned will certainly have forgotten it now.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    Besides, imagine if you sent an apology for a misspelling or a typo, and your apology note included a misspelling or a new typo? It's a bad cycle to start.

    A mistake like "dr." instead of "Dr." is minor. Calling someone "Mr." instead of "Ms." would be a bigger problem.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: I wrote the abbreviation "Dr." with "d".Big mistake?

    Thank you all for your replies.

    To be honest, in my letter with the mistake, I attached an html file regarding my TOEFL score. The professor asked me if I could provide her with my iBT scores in order for her to act for the prompt review of my application (I need as soon as possible a review because the demand of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation).

    My iBT TOEFL total score is not very high, is 68/120. With this score and the mistake, I am starting to worry seriously for my impression (and for my admission).


    Postscript:

    Is a TOEFL iBT total score of 68/120 good enough?

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