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    Recently I am seeing people use a semicolon after the addressee's name in an email/letter. I was not aware that this was an option and cannot find any grammer rules about it. Is it correct to use the semicolon in this fashion?

    Example:

    Sue;

    Thank you for your recent email.

    Sincerely,

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmanu View Post
    Recently I am seeing people use a semicolon after the addressee's name in an email/letter. I was not aware that this was an option and cannot find any grammer rules about it. Is it correct to use the semicolon in this fashion?

    Example:

    Sue;

    Thank you for your recent email.

    Sincerely,

    John
    Hi kmanu,

    The American standards for a letter salutation:
    personal letter: Dear ________, (please note the comma)
    business letter: Dear Mr. (or Ms.) _________: (please note the colon)
    British standards may differ from the above.

    Email may use either the comma or colon as above; the colon setting the tone for a more formal address.

    I know of no salutation standard for either email or letter that uses the semicolon.

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    Default Re: Semi Colon

    I'd be surprised if you found a book that advised that usage.

    On the web some time ago I found a good PowerPoint PPS file (from a US university) explaining how the semi-colon is used. But even zipped up it's too big to upload to this site. If nobody else can help, I'll have to prevail upon Red5 to make an exception for a 165 Kb file!

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