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    Default Ladies? Mesdames?

    I intend to write to company's owners, which are 2 women. How should I write: Dear Ladies or Dear Mesdames?

    Thank you for help.

    Imogena

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    Default Re: Ladies? Mesdames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Imogena View Post
    I intend to write to company's owners, which are 2 women. How should I write: Dear Ladies or Dear Mesdames?

    Thank you for help.

    Imogena
    Are they French? 'Mesdames' is correct for plural French women, but it IS French, so surely you would want to write the whole letter in French: "Mes cheries Mesdames..."?

    If writing in English, "Dear Ladies..." would sound better, I think.

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    Default Re: Ladies? Mesdames?

    "Ladies" or "Mesdames," to be very formal. The Gregg Reference Manual
    In English messieurs (Messrs.) acts as the plural of Mr.; the female equivalent is mesdames (Mmes.)

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    Default Re: Ladies? Mesdames?

    If you know there are two, then don't you know their names? If so, then use the names- if we have a name, we use it, even when we don't know the people.

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    Default Re: Ladies? Mesdames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    Are they French? 'Mesdames' is correct for plural French women, but it IS French, so surely you would want to write the whole letter in French: "Mes cheries Mesdames..."?

    If writing in English, "Dear Ladies..." would sound better, I think.

    Thank you - all of you. Unfortunately, I don't know their names, just know there are two women in charge. This is going to be a very formal letter that's why I thought of what River mentioned.

    By the way, Coffa, in official correspondence one shouldn't use "cheries", just Mesdames IMHO

    Thanks a lot

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