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    Jill Lundrigan Guest

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    When signing a letter for someone else and you write pp what does pp stand for.

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    Hanka is offline Senior Member
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    I think it means "per procura" which means "by proxy". So as you said, it means that you are signing something on behalf of someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Lundrigan
    When signing a letter for someone else and you write pp what does pp stand for.

    The following abbreviations are widely used in letters:

    asap = as soon as possible
    cc = carbon copy (when you send a copy of a letter to more than one person, you use this abbreviation to let them know)
    enc. = enclosure (when you include other papers with your letter)
    pp = per procurationem (A Latin phrase meaning that you are signing the letter on somebody else's behalf; if they are not there to sign it themselves, etc)
    ps = postscript (when you want to add something after you've finished and signed it)
    pto (informal) = please turn over (to make sure that the other person knows the letter continues on the other side of the page)
    RSVP = please reply

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    PS:

    p.p. means "by the agency of"; so it goes before your name, if you are signing in someone else's absence, since you are the proxy.

    Thus if Sheena is out of the office, and I sign a letter on her behalf, I put:

    Yours sincerely

    p.p. MrP

    Sheena55ro


    (People often mistakenly put the p.p. before the absent person's name.)

    MrP

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