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I'm writing a letter to somebody I know by first name but am not sure how to start it. Should I begin it Dear Sarah? Also, I don't know if she's married or not if that makes a difference to whether…
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
I'm writing a letter to somebody I know by first name but am not sure how to start it.

Should I begin it Dear Sarah? Also, I don't know if she's married or not if that makes a difference to whether I should use Dear Ms/Miss/Mrs (if you begin it that way at all)

Thanks! Rep for helpers :)
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
also how should i sign off?
#2
Business or Social ?

If social its generally

Dear.....

Sincerely, Love, best regards.
#3
business.

but nothing too formal
1 Like #4
If someone you know well, you could start with something like...

My dearest Sarah,

and end with something like...

affectionately yours,

Bob
#5
ahh, I just read it's a business letter, perhaps ignore my previous post.
1 Like #6
I would use

Dear..

and

Regards, or to make it a little less formal Kind regards.

If you know her by first name Dear Mrs. Smith would be too formal, unless you were complaining about something:p
1 Like #7
thanks, will go with Dear and Regards i think!

rep for you two!

edit: thanks for that extra suggestion windhoek (below). i'll have a think about which would be better in this situation..
#8
If it's a business letter, I'd always be more formal than not. I'd go with

Dear Sarah,

and end with

yours sincerely.

Your intimacy with Sarah can be displayed through the main content of your letter.
1 Like #9
I've done a bit of searching and found this, I hope it helps you out..

Dear Sir or Madam: (use if you don't know who you are writing to)

Dear Dr, Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms Smith: (use if you know who you are writing to, and have a formal relationship with - VERY IMPORTANT use Ms for women unless asked to use Mrs or Miss)



The Finish

Yours faithfully, (If you don't know the name of the person you're writing to)

Yours sincerely, (If you know the name of the person you're writing to)

Best wishes,

Best regards, (If the person is a close business contact or friend)
1 Like #10
If you know the person it's Dear Sarah and you sign it Yours sincerely and sign your first name.

If you don't know the person and you know she's married it's Dear Mrs Jones and sign your full name.

If you don't know the person and you don't know she's married it's Dear Sarah Jones and sign it Yours sincerely and sign your full name.

You only use yours faithfully if you're addressing it to Dear Sir or Dear Madam.

Hope this helps. :)
1 Like #11
If its a friendly business letter and you know peron, then by all means use Dear Sarah, followed by regards. I'd say that would be a really infromal approach, and usually used in E-mail. If you want something more business like then you Dear Ms .............. ( or even Dear Sarah) but end it with Yours sincerely.
If in any doubt then I'd err on the side of formality.
#12
We were taught that if you were writing a formal letter, so say "Dear Sir/Madam" etc you ended it with yours faithfully, and if a more freindly letter you end it with yours sincerely.
#13
windhoek
If it's a business letter, I'd always be more formal than not. I'd go with

Dear Sarah,

and end with

yours sincerely.

Your intimacy with Sarah can be displayed through the main content of your letter.


not too intimate i hope lol
#14
starsparkle2311
hey queenlush!!! Did you have a good night the other night? Hope you didn't have a sore head the next morning:)


Hiya.......i was awake bright and early thanks to my son going to work, i think it was a case of if i'm up then everyone else should be too lol...i didn't feel too bad considering.
#15
starsparkle2311
lol, that's good to hear:thumbsup:

I felt rough the next day as it happens, wouldn't mind but I'd only had coffee:w00t:

Never again, alcohol ftw:thumbsup::-D


i never drink anything caffeine based after 4pm ....that's my excuse and i'm sticking to it :p
#16
We swop professional work letters informally with Dear and Regards, Kind Regards, or Best wishes, " Thanks for your help and co-operation". Depends on your relationship also, for instance, I am more familiar with some of the people I work with than others depending on their "status" ( and also whether they pay me any money! lol )
#17
queenlush
We were taught that if you were writing a formal letter, so say "Dear Sir/Madam" etc you ended it with yours faithfully, and if a more freindly letter you end it with yours sincerely.

Same here.
#18
queenlush
not too intimate i hope lol


man and I was hoping it was lol:)
#19
starsparkle2311
I hope you don't end them with thanks hun you're a sweetie xxxxxxxx:p

COM I luv ya:-D


ooooh I gettin lossa lovins today!!

Must make sure my hubby reads these so he gets jealous and then I get my bones some needlin tonight :giggle:
#20
ClarityofMind
ooooh I gettin lossa lovins today!!

Must make sure my hubby reads these so he gets jealous and then I get my bones some needlin tonight :giggle:


you mean jiggy jiggy ? lol
#21
queenlush
you mean jiggy jiggy ? lol


tickle tickle.. rub ya belly guvna lol
#22
ClarityofMind
tickle tickle.. rub ya belly guvna lol


lol i lurve a furry belly
#23
queenlush
lol i lurve a furry belly


ooh I think I need to turn the fan on lol

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