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    Signing a book as a gift

    Therefore, it's about formal dedication.

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    #2

    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    What are you actually asking?

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    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Therefore, it's about formal dedication.

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    Is it? What's the precedent of "therefore"?

    By the way, signing a book is not a formal dedication. A dedication will already be printed on a dedication page, if there is one.

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    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    It doesn't matter whether it is printed or not, the content of that printed paper could also be hand-written. There is nothing informal about that, in my opinion.

    If one is a teenager and wants to present a book to an 50-year (or so) old person, what should he write as a dedication on the first page?

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    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    It doesn't matter whether it is printed or not, the content of that printed paper could also be hand-written. There is nothing informal about that, in my opinion.

    If one is a teenager and wants to present a book to an 50-year (or so) old person, what should he write as a dedication on the first page?
    It's not possible to tell you what to write, it would depend on the relationship between the two people.

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    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    Yes, the question is too general.

    I wouldn't like you come up with detailed suggestions.
    Just wondered if there are some common phrases allowing one to finish them himself.

    (We have "Yours sincerely", "Yours faithfully","Kind regards", etc. in formal letters.)

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    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    It doesn't matter whether it is printed or not, the content of that printed paper could also be hand-written.
    I disagree. As the word is normally used, a book can only be dedicated to someone by the author. Even if the author signs the book for someone at a book-signing, he is not 'dedicating' the book to that person.
    There is nothing informal about that, in my opinion.

    If one is a teenager and wants to present a book to an 50-year (or so) old person, what should he write as a dedication on the first page?
    He can write what he likes, but it's not a dedication of the book.
    As a gift, he could write, "To John" , if that's the person's name.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Dedicate-a-Book
    http://ask.metafilter.com/92635/Help-me-dedicate-my-book
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4681613_write-book-dedication.html
    Last edited by Raymott; 25-Aug-2011 at 18:33.

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    Re: Signing a book as a gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    He can write what he likes, but it's not a dedication of the book.
    As a gift, he could write, "To John" , if that's the person's name.

    I disagree. As the word is normally used, a book can only be dedicated to someone by the author. Even if the author signs the book for someone at a book-signing, he is not 'dedicating' the book to that person.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Dedicate-a-Book
    http://ask.metafilter.com/92635/Help-me-dedicate-my-book
    The bolded part is new to me.

    Thanks for the links.

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