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    Default Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Is that correct to say 'dear engineer Long' as salutation in letter writing?

    I wonder if engineer is used in this context?

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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Not if their job is something like a mechanical engineer. However, I think "Engineer" is a rank in one of the military forces so it might be possible to address them as such. I'm really not sure about that rank though.
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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    I just mean sb whose job is as mechanical engineering.

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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    I just mean sb somebody whose job is as mechanical engineering.
    No. A person who has taken a degree in mechanical engineering would be able to put the letter "BEng" after their name at the end of the letter, but it doesn't give them a title in the sense you tried to use it. You would just address them as "Dear Mr Long" in a letter.
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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I think "Engineer" is a rank in one of the military forces
    Not in the British Services.

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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Not in the British Services.
    Thanks. I know next to nothing about the military so I thought perhaps those in the "Royal Engineers" might be known as Engineers. Now I know better.
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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Thanks. I know next to nothing about the military so I thought perhaps those in the "Royal Engineers" might be known as Engineers. Now I know better.
    An ordinary soldier in the Royal Engineers is a "sapper". An officer is an "officer of engineers". I believe that's still the case, my grandfather was in the Royal Engineers from 1913 until 1921.

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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    The Royal Englineers have the same rank structure as other units of the British army, except that the private of other units is is a sapper.

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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The Royal Englineers have the same rank structure as other units of the British army, except that the private of other units is a sapper.
    I have just realised that that is slightly ambiguous. I meant that the rank known in most other units as private is known as sapper in the Royal Engineers - as bhai had already said.
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-Nov-2012 at 23:22. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Can 'engineer' be considered as title in salutation?

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    Is that correct to say 'dear engineer Long' as salutation in letter writing?

    I wonder if engineer is used in this context?
    Not in English. It is used in some European countries, but we don't. However, if we did, we'd use a capital letter. And one for Dear too.

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