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    #1

    Wrong salutation

    Hello! Help me clarify why I can't say 'Dear Mr. David Kennedy!'
    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Wrong salutation

    Quote Originally Posted by A..G.. View Post
    Hello! Help me clarify why I can't say 'Dear Mr. David Kennedy!'
    Thank you in advance!
    Well, you can, but it will seem strange.

    It just happens that the salutation in a letter is written as 'Dear Sir', 'Dear Mr Kennedy' or 'Dear David'. That's the convention.

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    Re: Wrong salutation

    With automated mail-merge, "Dear Mr. David Kennedy" feels very automated. Choose his title. Choose his first name. Choose his last name. Merge them.
    I'd rather be addressed at "Dear Clover Leaf Client" than "Dear Ms. Barb D" -- at least the first doesn't pretend to be personal.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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