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  1. Maytag
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    Formal Salutation

    What is the preferred form for a written formal salutation to a panel comprising some unknown combination of married/unmarried males and females? "Sirs:" seems inappropriate. "Mesdames and ___?:" doesn't seem right either.

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #2

    Re: Formal Salutation

    I've seen Americans use 'Gentlemen', which sounds a bit weird in BE.

  3. Maytag
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    Re: Formal Salutation

    I agree. I had considered "Gentlemen" but forgot to include it. They all seem to have a male orientation that generally gets us in trouble here in the US, or they are clumsy for some other reason.

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    Re: Formal Salutation

    This is a difficult question, i can't understand it.
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  5. Maytag
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    Re: Formal Salutation

    I have concluded that there is probably no standard approach to it. However, after further thought, I believe that I will now use the same address that we use when speaking to a mixed audience: "Ladies and Gentlemen." That seems to work best for me.

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    #6

    Re: Formal Salutation

    I haven't found a standard approach. I believe yours is better than plain 'Gentlemen'.

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