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    The proper way of writing postal address

    Hi there, I have a question about the proper way of writing postal address. I wanted to order something from Amazon.com, but I don't know how to give a precise information of my postal address to the seller.


    I know that the usual way of addressing is from "big" to "small", that is, "Country", "Province", "City", "Road", and "Number of XXX Building"
    The problem for my issue is that the buildings on the road of my location have no indication of number at all, so, the usual way of writing a postal address in my own language is to give the information of the name of road, precise direction (east, south, etc.), distance, and the name of the shop. (I'm a shop assistant)


    For example, My location is at the North of X Road, and X Road intersects with Y Road, and the location is about 200 metres away from the intersection. How to write that information on an envelop? The following is my own work, and I feel it's wrong, I need your help. Thank you.


    East of X Road and Y Road Intersection
    200 metres, north

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    Re: The proper way of writing postal address

    In English, addresses are written from small to big:

    555 High Street, Jonestown, Arkansas, USA

    (In Chinese, addresses are big to small.)

    I've never seen addresses written the way you describe (except for in Costa Rica).

    I suppose you could write:

    Shop Name
    200 m north of the intersection of X Road and Y Road
    Name of City
    Name of Province
    Name of Country

    Or you could ask your boss what your shop's address is.
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: The proper way of writing postal address

    The person's name goes on the first line. Then the street address. Then the city followed by the state or province. Then the country (if necessary). Last is the zip code. Example:

    Bob Brown
    900 Fairfield
    Charlotte, North Carolina 28210

    If you were sending it from Canada (for example) you might put "USA" on a separate line followed by the zip code.

    I can't comment on how they do it in other countries, but that's how they do it here (USA).

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    Re: The proper way of writing postal address

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    In English, addresses are written from small to big:

    555 High Street, Jonestown, Arkansas, USA

    (In Chinese, addresses are big to small.)

    I've never seen addresses written the way you describe (except for in Costa Rica).

    I suppose you could write:

    Shop Name
    200 m north of the intersection of X Road and Y Road
    Name of City
    Name of Province
    Name of Country

    Or you could ask your boss what your shop's address is.
    Dear Bubbha,Thanks. The shop is at X Road, and I want the postman/postwoman knows that: at the intersection, he or she should turn towards the east, then in around 200 meters, he or she will find the shop on north of the X Road. How to add that information ("turn to east at the intersection") on envelop, please? You're right, I'm Chinese, and in fact, I'm a little surprised to see you know our custom. Have a nice day.

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