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    Formal Salutation

    What is the preferred form for a written formal salutation to a panel comprising some unknown combination of married/unmarried males and females? "Sirs:" seems inappropriate. "Mesdames and ___?:" doesn't seem right either.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    I've seen Americans use 'Gentlemen', which sounds a bit weird in BE.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    I agree. I had considered "Gentlemen" but forgot to include it. They all seem to have a male orientation that generally gets us in trouble here in the US, or they are clumsy for some other reason.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    This is a difficult question, i can't understand it.
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    Re: Formal Salutation

    I have concluded that there is probably no standard approach to it. However, after further thought, I believe that I will now use the same address that we use when speaking to a mixed audience: "Ladies and Gentlemen." That seems to work best for me.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    I haven't found a standard approach. I believe yours is better than plain 'Gentlemen'.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    Deat Tdol,
    in our country, where is AE is predominantly used, I usually see Sir/Madam.
    Is this acceptable?
    RAM

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    That's fine and what we use in BrE, but will that work when you know you are writing to a group of people, which is the question here. Using the singular when you know it's a panel sounds a bit strange too.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't notice.

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