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  1. retro's Avatar
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    #1

    the mixture of AmE and BrE

    If you're writing a letter, say, a business one should you avoid the mixture of AmE and BrE? Like if the recipient is an AmE speaker, must we follow the American spelling saying like "traveling", "check", and ways of ending letters such as "Sincerely yours" etc. rather than "travelling", "cheque", "Your sincerely" etc. or they will disregard it?
    Last edited by retro; 24-May-2007 at 17:12.

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    #2

    Re: the mixture of AmE and BrE

    I think it's safest just to be what you are, and leave it to the recipient to 'translate'. If you try to use a dialect you're not comfortable with - especially in writing - it's easy to be misunderstood.

    There are obvious exceptions though. Christmas Day is 25/12 in BE but 12/25
    n AmE. When dealing with dates, I spell them out (naming the month). But for formal wordings like 'Yours sincerely' and differences of spelling, I 'stick to my guns'.

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