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    attn

    Hello,

    How do we write attn when addressing someone?

    Attn: Smith,

    Thank you for your letter (etc. etc.).

    Do we need a comma or any punctuation mark after the person's name. Is colon after attn okay?

    Thanks,
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    Re: attn

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hello,

    How do we write attn when addressing someone?

    Attn: Smith,

    Thank you for your letter (etc. etc.).

    Do we need a comma or any punctuation mark after the person's name. Is colon after attn okay?

    Thanks,
    Mr. X
    A colon after Attn is sufficient, but you need to use Mr before Smith.

    As far as a comma after Smith is concerned, recently this appears to have become a matter of personal choice. Some people will write:

    Dear Mr Smith,

    ---

    Yours faithfully,

    Mr X

    (commas after Smith and faithfully).

    Others will write:

    Dear Mr Smith

    ......

    Yours faithfully

    Mr X

    (no comma after Smith or faithfully).

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    Re: attn

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A colon after Attn is sufficient, but you need to use Mr before Smith.

    As far as a comma after Smith is concerned, recently this appears to have become a matter of personal choice. Some people will write:

    Dear Mr Smith,

    ---

    Yours faithfully,

    Mr X

    (commas after Smith and faithfully).

    Others will write:

    Dear Mr Smith

    ......

    Yours faithfully

    Mr X

    (no comma after Smith or faithfully).
    So are both okay, then?

    Attn: Mr. Smith and Attn: Mr. Smith,

    Which is more formal and acceptable?

    Mr. X

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    Re: attn

    Business letter styles may differ by country, but in the U.S. the "attention" line is usually typed in all capital letters thusly (with a colon after the "ATTN"):

    ATTN: MR. WALTER FEEGUS

    You should not address a letter as ATTN: SMITH unless your recipient is generally known by only one name (like Cher or Bono). It is acceptable to address it ATTN: MR. SMITH or ATTN: JOHN SMITH, but not by surname alone.

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