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    salutation in letter

    Dear teachers,

    In the past when I wrote to my school tutor, Dr. Wayne,
    I wrote this:

    Dear Dr. Wayne,
    ......

    but now there are more than two Dr. Wayne (Dr. Sue Wayne, and Dr. Susan Wayne) in the school, to specify the tutor I am writing to, I write the salutation this way:

    Dr. Susan Wayne (in full name),
    ....

    Is it polite to write the full name of a person in the salutation part of the letter?

    Please help teachers.

    Thank you.

    Kitty.

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    Re: salutation in letter

    Yes, it is, and she will probably appreciate this attempt to avoid confusion.
    But are we to understand that you intend to write, "Dr. Susan Wayne (in full name)"? I would suggest "Dear Dr. Susan Wayne,".
    I'd also suggest you delineate your examples from other material in your posts in some way in the future to avoid the above confusion. Inverted commas are a conventional way to do this.

    You can also write:
    "Dr. Susan Wayne, X lecturer,
    Dear Dr. Wayne, ..."

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    Re: salutation in letter

    It is usually not necessary. In a typical business letter, the recipient's address occurs before the salutation. That is where I would specify which Dr. Wayne you are referring to.

    March 9, 2014

    Dr. Susan Wayne
    Department of XXX|
    YYY University
    1234 ZZZ Street
    Somewhere, Anywhere 00000

    Dear Dr. Wayne,

    etc.

    If these two Dr. Waynes are different people, there should be something in the recipient address that distinguishes them, even if it's only the office number in the school. You said "more then two Dr. Waynes". Was that correct or are there only two?

    If, by chance, they share an office as well as a name, then you have no choice but to include the full name in the salutation. But if that is the case, there will be multiple problems with their mail.

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    Re: salutation in letter

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, it is, and she will probably appreciate this attempt to avoid confusion.
    But are we to understand that you intend to write, "Dr. Susan Wayne (in full name)"? I would suggest "Dear Dr. Susan Wayne,".
    I'd also suggest you delineate your examples from other material in your posts in some way in the future to avoid the above confusion. Inverted commas are a conventional way to do this.

    You can also write:
    "Dr. Susan Wayne, X lecturer,
    Dear Dr. Wayne, ..."
    thank you for the quick help, teacher.

    With your suggesion, I will write this way:

    'Dr. Susan Wayne, ABC school lecturer
    Dear Dr. Wayne,
    I was a student of your class in 2009...'

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    #5

    Re: salutation in letter

    Thank you, Mike.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Apr-2014 at 08:15. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Re: salutation in letter

    Your appreciation is welcome, Kitty, but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you or to quote our replies back to us. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It saves everybody's time.

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