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    Dear Mr. ABC


    Is it correct to write or say while addressing some person like "DEAR MR. KHAN"?

    i personally think that Dear and Mr. should not be together, it should either be Mr. Khan or Dear Khan. Please explain.



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    Re: Dear Mr. ABC

    It is perfectly correct to use the title. It would be regarded as over-familiar to use the patronymic without the title, unless you know the other person very well and are writing in a semi-informal manner. Certainly in any formal context, you must include a title.

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    Re: Dear Mr. ABC

    I noticed you said "when you write or say."

    I completely agree with Anglika that in writing you must say "Dear Mr. Khan" or "Dear Dr. Peterson" but in speech, you would not say "Dear."

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