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    How do you do? in a letter

    Hi,everyone.
    When I write to someone for the first time, can I say "How do you do?" at the very beginning of the letter?
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    Re: How do you do? in a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,everyone.
    When I write to someone for the first time, can I say "How do you do?" at the very beginning of the letter?
    Thanks.
    Richard
    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    but I think, this is better when you meet someone face to face, the word dear or hello is one of the best.

    I believe the English people on this site give another words to begin your letter.

    Have a nice day.

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    Re: How do you do? in a letter

    In informal letter to a friend I suppose you could use anything you like , but 'how are you doing' would sound better.
    Is it the formal or informal letter you enquiring about?

    Please note: I am not ateacher.

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    Re: How do you do? in a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,everyone.
    When I write to someone for the first time, can I say "How do you do?" at the very beginning of the letter?
    Thanks.
    Richard
    I suppose it depends on who you are writting to, of course, but no matter, to me it sounds corny, nor have I heard of anyone using this introduction. Personally I would say "How are (How're) you doing old buddy?".
    On the "How do you do?" formula I would say "How do you do sir?, if you are trying to be formal. In any formal letter, the "Dear Sir" is always recomendable.
    Bottom line, in a letter you can express yourself in any way you want as long as what you are trying to say is understood by the receiver.

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    Re: How do you do? in a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    In informal letter to a friend I suppose you could use anything you like , but 'how are you doing' would sound better.
    Is it the formal or informal letter you enquiring about?

    Please note: I am not ateacher.
    It is a formal letter I will write to that person for the first time. I will try to be polite and formal.
    Thanks.
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    Re: How do you do? in a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by pablo2607 View Post
    I suppose it depends on who you are writting to, of course, but no matter, to me it sounds corny, nor have I heard of anyone using this introduction. Personally I would say "How are (How're) you doing old buddy?".
    On the "How do you do?" formula I would say "How do you do sir?, if you are trying to be formal. In any formal letter, the "Dear Sir" is always recomendable.
    Bottom line, in a letter you can express yourself in any way you want as long as what you are trying to say is understood by the receiver.
    Thanks. I intend it to be right after the salutation "Dear Dr. Kaimer:".

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