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    Addressing envelopes

    How to address an envelope for a social-business event? Is it a must to write the person's post on the outside envelope? What if you are writing to people with important positions in the government or in a nation, should their position be specified on the envelope or not? Please advise. Thank you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Caoile View Post
    How to address an envelope for a social-business event? Is it a must to write the person's post on the outside envelope? What if you are writing to people with important positions in the government or in a nation, should their position be specified on the envelope or not? Please advise. Thank you.
    If the envelope is the plain kind, the address has to be on the outside or the postman can't see it. If it is a window envelope, the address goes on the letter inside.

    If you are writing to somebody in their official capacity it is usual to sate a persons position in the address, after the name.

    From the way you use your English, I suspect you are learning/have learned English in Singapore: am I right?


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    Re: Addressing envelopes

    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Caoile View Post
    How to address an envelope for a social-business event? Is it a must to write the person's post on the outside envelope? What if you are writing to people with important positions in the government or in a nation, should their position be specified on the envelope or not? Please advise. Thank you.

    [1] Addressing a letter for an event that is connected with a business:

    Mr/Ms. X. YYYYYYY
    Managing Director [ or whatever position it is the person holds]
    Name of Company
    Rest of address


    [2] If you are writing to someone with an official position in a government, then the safest thing is to address the envelope to their position:

    The President
    Address

    Chancellor of the Exchequer,
    address

    The Prime Minister,
    address.

    There are many different conventions, and you would need to search them out if you are having to write many such letters.

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