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What's in a name?


gengiscant
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Anyone else notice that all to often correspondence be it letter or email is not being signed without a gender specific title prior to the signature? The letter/email is invariably addressed to me as Mr etc etc but unless the person's name is obviously male or femail, how does one address a formal reply?

I have taken to begining a reply with dear Mr/Ms but that is not at all satisfactory. I am certainly not keen to address a reply to the full name of a person particularly if it is a formal letter to someone I have never met. Surely if they are addressing me as Mr then it is correct that I reply in the same manner.

Interested to know how you deal with this type of situation.

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gengiscant

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What a pity the neither the F E or ICaudio did not bother to read my original post, my question,again,was how to address a person who has signed their letter/email with their full name but where the first name can be either male or female and omit to include a title.

My post was not about how to sign off a communication.

I'm guided by courtesy and common sense perhaps you can explain how you put this in to practice with my original question or perhaps you would rather wait to see if the F E offers his views then you can agree with whatever he says.

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interzone55

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gengiscant

FE did actually offer a solution

If the person signs a letter J Smith, you respond Dear J Smith, if they sign off Andy Smith and you are unsure if they male, female or even transgender, you respond Dear Andy Smith...

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gengiscant

I did read your opening post, and I offered an answer to the question you posed.

You're the one who seems not to be doing much reading.

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wiz-king

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Hello or Hi are not gender specific. I use Hello to emails from the UK and Hi if it seems to be American - not a perfect solution but no complaints yet.

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