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  1. Member
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    #1

    dear sirs+gentlemen+dear madams+?

    In a book I read instead of using dear sirs in letter writing in American usage gentlemen is used. I want to know whether for dear madams there is another word or not.

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    #2

    Re: dear sirs+gentlemen+dear madams+?

    I'm not english and i'm not a teacher, but i'm guessing ladies?

    ladies and gentlemen
    sir and madam

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    #3

    Re: dear sirs+gentlemen+dear madams+?

    Really, how should one address a women's audience? Ladies? Dear Ladies?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: dear sirs+gentlemen+dear madams+?

    Certinly not 'Dear madams' - which implies that you think they run a brothel!

    'Ladies' works for me, although some women think that's a loaded term.

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