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    #1

    Greetings in messages

    Hi,
    I started working for an american company and was surprised, that they never write "Dear ..." in their e-messages as I used to do. Just "Hi". It sounds too dryish for me. Is it normal? Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Greetings in messages

    Yes, emails are often less formal than a written letter. That doesn't mean you can't use 'Dear X', if you wish.

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    #3

    Re: Greetings in messages

    I find "Dear X" to be "dry" in comparison to "Hi". It's more formal, serious, sterile even. "Hi" is friendly and informal - definitely less dry.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Greetings in messages

    I find it depends on how well I know someone.

    If I'm writing to them for the first time I'll probably start with "Dear x,". They'll usually reply with "Hi,..." and so from then on I'll use "Hi" with that person.

    If they write back in a very formal way, I might then try starting my next correspondence to them with "Hi," and if I still get a response of "Dear x," then I know I've usually got no hope of winning them around!

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    Re: Greetings in messages

    I will use more formality when writing to someone for the first time, especially if they are foreign.

    But within a company (to other co-workers) formality is not normally bothered with. If I write Joe several emails every day, I'm not going to put any sort of address or opening pleasantries on them.

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    #6

    Re: Greetings in messages

    Agreed. I would probably start my first email of the day to colleague by using "Hi,". But then pleasantries are dispensed with for subsequent emails, as each conversation forms a thread.

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    #7

    Re: Greetings in messages

    If I am writing a formal email, I treat it as I would a letter. If not, I am less formal.

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