Should you write to Dear Sirs?

Should you write to Dear Sirs?

Dear Sir is a customary salutation, yet it is out of date and gender-specific (see 17.10). And you're not writing to a group of people. If the receiver is a person, use Dear, To, or leave off the greeting. If the receiver is a company, use Mr. , Mrs. ; if it's an organization, use Dr. /Professor/Lecturer.

Should you write to Dear Sirs? Gender-neutral language is becoming more common, even in business letters, so this may not be surprising. But there are still times when you need to drop the "sirs" part of the address, so as not to appear disrespectful or join the grammatical gender gap. When you do, just omit the word "sirs."

Omitting "sirs" when writing to two people at the same company is also acceptable language usage. For example, if you were sending a memo to someone named John Smith and Bob Jones, you could write: "Please see the attached file for information on sales training." Here, "sirs" would be redundant since you are not addressing anyone other than those listed as recipients.

Writing to three or more people at one company can be challenging with the traditional Dear Sirs format since it implies authority over others. However, there are ways to include all parties while still being respectful of corporate culture.

Is Dear Sirs and Mesdames correct?

Dear Sirs and Madams (or Mesdames), Ladies and Gentlemen, we are experiencing the same issues. To whom it may concern implies that you either don't know who you're writing to or don't care. It's also an American usage.

Is Dear Sir's correct?

Yes, it is proper to use "Dear Sirs" when sending an email to a large group of people, especially if the communication is professional. "Dear Sir" used to be the usual greeting. That is the most popular generic greeting.

Other variations include "Dear Members of the Club," and "Dear Customers." Use these as needed.

You can also use first names: "John", "Mary". This is usually only appropriate if the recipients are close friends or relatives. Otherwise, stick with "Sir" or "Madam"!

Finally, you can use formal titles such as employee names, company names, or department names: "Mr. John Smith, President"; "Ms. Mary Jones, Marketing Manager". These too are acceptable forms of address.

The only real rule about addresses is that they must be left blank where not necessary. So if you know the addressee already has a name, then you don't need to include it.

However, if the person does not have a name, or if you are writing to more than one person at the same address, then you should always include a name. Otherwise, you might end up in trouble with the law!

That's all there is to it.

How do you address "Dear Sirs"?

If the addressee is a person, the salutation should include his or her name. If the addressee is an entity, the simplest salutation is Dear Sirs, however it is customary to include the chief executive officer's name. More formal letters should include the title of the person to whom the letter is addressed.

Examples: Dear Ms. Smith, My friend told me I should write to you. Regards, etc.

Dear Mr. Johnson: Thank you for your letter. Please accept my apology for not answering your question earlier. I will be happy to help you with your project. Best wishes.

Dear President Obama: I am writing to ask you to reduce the number of people who go to prison for drug offenses. Drugs need to be treated as a health issue, not a crime. Many people have argued that we can't possibly maintain a strict drug policy and still remain a free society. The truth is that we already manage to provide a prescription for drugs upon release from prison or jail. Just like doctors can prescribe medications for their patients' mental conditions, so too can they recommend that individuals seek treatment from qualified therapists if they suffer from addiction problems.

I believe that we need to give drug abuse the attention it deserves by reducing the number of people going to prison for drug-related charges.

Can we write Mr. afterward?

In both professional and casual letters, the salutation "Dear" in conjunction with a name or a title is by far the most widely used salutation in both British and American English. It is usually followed by an honorific or a surname, as in "Dear Mr. President" or "Dear Professor Smith". The word "Mr." is used only after a person's first name; thus, "Dear John" would be incorrect. When writing to more than one recipient, "Dear Sirs" or "Dear Members of the Club" can be used instead.

The practice of writing "Mrs." before a person's first name dates back to the 17th century. It was originally used to distinguish between two people with the same first name, such as "John Mrs. Johnson" or "Peter Mr. Peterson". Today it is still used in some countries where using just "Mr." or "Ms." is inappropriate. For example, in India it is common to address letters to "Mrs. So-and-So", even if they have no husband or wife named So-and-So.

However, not all names contain a first name or a last name.

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