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    Respondents

    Hi

    I have a list which keeps track of people who have responded and those who have failed to respond to a recent letter regarding their overdue dental recall. I am struggling to what heading to call these patients on this list. Can they be referred to as 'respondents'? Or does this term only apply to questionnaires?

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    Re: Respondents

    That word is fine, though it's probably more common in the context of questionnaires.

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    #3

    Re: Respondents

    You might want to label them "responders" and "non-responders".

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    Re: Respondents

    I thought of suggesting that, but wasn't sure whether it had a tinge of Am E! (Not that I disapprove of that, but I try to protect my reputation as a bit of a dinosaur!) It maybe isn't an accident that Rover (who lived there) was first to Like your reply.

    I suspect that in Br English, 'responder' tends to be used primarily in the collocation 'first responder' (person first to arrive - and contribute helpfully! - at the scene of an accident).

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    PS 185 COCA hits for responder, but only 13 in BNC. (I know BNC is a lot smaller than COCA, but only 4 or 5 times, not 14!) That said, the phrase 'first responder' occurs only in COCA - 'The Americans are coming!'.
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    Re: Respondents

    I would probably head the columns "Replied" and "Not replied" rather than coming up with a collective noun for the people. That's just my preference, though. It's not based on any grammatical reason.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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