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Thread: Dear Sir

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    #1

    Dear Sir

    I would like to check on this usage when addressing an unknown person who might be male or female.

    For some time I was in the habit of using "Dear Sir or Madam", but was told (by a woman recipient, who was a lecturer in English) that "Dear Sir" was correct. Since then I have used that, though uneasily at times.

    Any informed comments would be appreciated.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: Dear Sir

    Use what you find comfortable. There is no problem with Dear Sir or Madam - save in the perceptions of individuals.

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