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    Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    In replying a letter, when the gender of the addressee cannot be identified from the name, can I write "Mr./Ms. Xxxx".

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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    That sounds reasonable to me. It's what I would do.

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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    Although it is possible, quite often, to work out the gender by searching in Google for one of the names- the first name will generally give a clue, though you might need a couple of searches to work out which one is which.

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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    If you really want to cover all possibilities, you would have to address it to "Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms XXX". If I were you, I would endeavour to find out the addressee's sex before writing to them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    But the OP is asking about replying to a person whose gender is not determinable by their name or signature. In this case, The postal address should begin Mr/Ms Jess Ticulation, and salutation Dear Mr/Ms Ticulation.

    If nothing else, it lets them know that as a matter of courtesy to their correspondent they should indicate their gender after their signature rather than make people guess or go to the trouble of finding out.

    Thus:

    Yours faithfully,

    [signed] Sam Widges (Mrs/Sir/Dame/Mr)
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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Although it is possible, quite often, to work out the gender by searching in Google for one of the names- the first name will generally give a clue, though you might need a couple of searches to work out which one is which.
    Searching in Google is useful for English names, but it does not apply to those names translated from other language based on pronunciation and written with English alphabets.


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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    Note that you need to say:

    When replying to a letter....

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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    Searching in Google is useful for English names, but it does not apply to those names translated from other language based on pronunciation and written with English alphabets.
    It can-I have used it with exactly this sort of case. If you find several pages, and Google Images will help further, you can get an idea of the gender. Virtually every variation of every English spelling of a first name is to be found on Google.

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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    If you know the person's title (Dr., Prof., etc.), use that.

    But really, if at all possible, try to figure out the person's gender, because some people may take offense if you use "Mr./Ms."
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    Re: Mr./Ms. Xxxx

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    If you know the person's title (Dr., Prof., etc.), use that.

    But really, if at all possible, try to figure out the person's gender, because some people may take offense if you use "Mr./Ms."
    That why I hesitate to answer an email, luckily, the email is important.

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