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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    letter writing

    dear sir/ma'am,

    is using respected sir to address in a formal letter wrong?

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    #2

    Re: letter writing

    Quote Originally Posted by subha09 View Post
    Dear sir/ma'am,

    Is using respected sir to address a person in a formal letter wrong?
    No, it is not wrong but it would not be used in most western countries. The form of address one uses depends on local conventions and seems to be standard in your region.

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    #3

    Re: letter writing

    If I, a female, received a letter addressed to "Respected Sir" it would certainly start that person off on the wrong foot.
    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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