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    Referring to names in official letters

    My English teacher taught me to write out words such as isn't, don't, etc. in official letters, because this looks more official and neat. But how does it work when I use someone's name? For example: 'My father's name is..'. It sounds incorrect to write 'my father his name is...' Is there an alterntive for 'my father's name'? Or is this the correct way to write, even in official letters?

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    #2

    Re: Referring to names in official letters

    This is different. You MAY use the possessive case in official letters.

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    Re: Referring to names in official letters

    Quote Originally Posted by loiscolijn View Post
    My English teacher taught me to write out words such as 'isn't', 'don't', etc. in official letters, because this looks more official and neat. Many people feel that contractions are for use only in informal writng, but they are being increasingly used in semi-formal, and even formal, writing by some.

    But how does it work when I use someone's name? For example: 'My father's name is..'. This is not a contraction. It is the full possessive form.
    It sounds incorrect to write 'my father his name is...' That's because it is incorrect.
    Is there an alternative for 'my father's name'? No
    Or is this the correct way to write, even in official letters?Yes
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    Re: Referring to names in official letters

    You could write "the name of my father is..." but it's a bit long winded.

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