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Mr./Mrs. "Name here",


Hi "Name here",


Hello "Name here"

What is better to start email or written letter?

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You don't specify, so I'm assuming you don't know these people and are writing a form letter, or spam.

You don't know if it's Mr. or Mrs. (or Ms.), so that's out.

You're not familiar with them to the point of friendship, so "hi" is not a good choice either.

"Hello" sounds a little vague and robotic, the way someone who didn't speak the language very well might sound.

"Dear ..." sounds like the right tone use with someone you don't know. And use the full name: "Dear Douglas Robinson," etc.

If my supposition is incorrect, and you do know the people you're emailing pretty well, a simple "Hi" will suffice.

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OK. Thanks for reply. I'm intending to spam. What if I know the person's Gender only, don't know him personally . Then Should I use Mr. or Miss/Ms. or here also "Hi Name" is a better option. – metal-gear-solid Jan 2 '11 at 6:35
@metal-gear-solid: Safer to use no gender specifier. Just use Dear and the full name. – Robusto Jan 2 '11 at 13:36

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