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    #1

    How can I start an email to a professor?

    I have always started my emails to my professor like this:

    Dear Professor ....,

    This one sounds a little overused to me. I was wondering if there is another option which is formal and polite.

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    #2

    Re: How to start an email to a professor?

    It's fine. There's no need to change it.

    How does he start his replies to you?

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    I have changed your thread title.

    Don't start a question with 'How to ...'

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    #3

    Re: How can I start an email to a professor?

    My professor starts with "Dear Hamidreza" and "Hi Hamidreza".

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    #4

    Re: How can I start an email to a professor?

    There's nothing wrong with your salutation. If they reply in a friendly manner, that's fine, but I would stick to being polite and respectful in my replies.

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    Re: How can I start an email to a professor?

    How does your professor sign off his/her emails? If he/she ends with something like "Regards, Professor Smith", I would continue to address him/her as such. However, if he/she signs off with "Regards, Peter/Jane", I would take that as a sign that it's OK to address him/her by his/her first name.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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