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    Term of Address

    Hello, and thank you for helping me with this query. I am trying to address a letter to 2 people with the same last name and was wondering if I could use the following: "Dear Mister's Smith,"

    If it matters, both Mr. Smith's are related; father & son.

    Thank you
    Allan


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    Re: Term of Address

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello, and thank you for helping me with this query. I am trying to address a letter to 2 people with the same last name and was wondering if I could use the following: "Dear Mister's Smith,"

    If it matters, both Mr. Smith's are related; father & son.

    Thank you
    Allan
    The formal way is Dear Messrs Smith

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    Re: Term of Address

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The formal way is Dear Messrs Smith
    I'm sure Anglika knows, but I hope she'll excuse me for pointing out something that will interest some people. The form 'Messrs' is a fossil that shows the influence of French (once the language of the ruling elite). It's an abbreviation of messieurs - which is French for 'Misters' (relating it back to Allan's original suggestion).

    b

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