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    Question Using first name to greet in an e-mail

    Say I am in e-mail communication with a British person (in scenario B let is me an American) who is 20 years older than I. I started my first letter with "Dear Sir", but this person replied with "Dear Nyggus" (let's assume Nyggus is my first name). How should I reply? With the first name or the title (in general, Sir, Mrs, Prof, Dr, etc)?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Using first name to greet in an e-mail

    I think it depends on the station of the person to whom you are communicating. If the person is a pier or a subordinate then addressing him or her by first name or "handle" is perfectly acceptable. However if the person is an administrator or superior in business, government or college then i recommend sticking with the more formal address.

    I hope this helps,

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