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    Default Starting business letter

    Hi Sir,

    Starting in a business letter we usually write following red color sentence, is it ok?

    Dear Mr. Alex
    Good Day!

    Regards,
    Abir

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    Default Re: Starting business letter

    If Alex is his first name, then no. You put "Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms" before the person's surname. If his name is Alex Smith, you can start the letter either "Dear Mr Smith" or "Dear Alex". If it's a business letter, you would only start it with "Dear Alex" if you already know the person very well, you regularly address each other using your first names and (in my opinion) only if it's a letter that's probably only going to be read by Alex.

    Don't use "Good day!" There is no need for any salutation after "Dear Alex". Also, an exclamation mark would be inappropriate in a business letter.

    I suggest starting with something like:

    Dear Alex (or "Dear Mr Smith")

    I am writing in response to your letter of ...

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    Thank you very much for the tour of your facilities last week ...

    or whatever is appropriate to your context.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Starting business letter

    Thank you Sir,

    I've one more confusion , should i omit .(period) after Mr
    I mean which one is correct "Dear Mr Smith" or "Dear Mr. Smith"

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    Default Re: Starting business letter

    Quote Originally Posted by abir999999 View Post
    Thank you Sir Do not address everyone here as "Sir". Many of us are female.

    I've one more confusion, should I omit .(period) after Mr?
    I mean which one is correct "Dear Mr Smith" or "Dear Mr. Smith"?
    I prefer it without the dot but it's a matter of style. Many people still use it with "Mr", "Mrs" and "Ms". Never use it after "Miss".
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    Default Re: Starting business letter

    And don't use red in the letter.

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