Questions about writing letters.

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What is the best way to express interest in a job in a cover letter?

It is for a cover letter, where I want to express my interest in the position and also to indicate that my profile matches the requirement. I find the proposed job interesting and matched by my ...
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I want to refer to Bill Gates on his blog with respect in the comments section

One way to address Bill Gates with respect would be to simply write Sir, but I don't want other readers to get confused about who I'm referring to. How do I refer to him with respect without creating ...
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Is “I am writing to inform you” awkward or outdated?

I was writing an email, and I started off with I am writing to inform you of certain errors... However, is this use outdated or awkward in emails (assuming that I don't know the recipient)? What ...
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What is the right form for writing this sentence?

I was writing a letter of application for a university; I wanted to start my letter writing: "I am writing this letter to express my interest in becoming part" and then I got confused, I am not sure ...
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Polite way to inform that there is no need to reply (business language) [closed]

I am often requesting my colleges via email to update a status of a case they work on. The update (note) should be provided in application they work on which is also explained in my request. There is ...
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Start a letter/email with a minuscule or a majuscule

So in German when you write a letter, you start the body with a minuscule letter because the salutation is seen as an interjection, I presume: Dear Max, We just saw [yada, yada, letter] ...
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How should I greet a close friend from the United States?

I (male) have a very good (female) friend over in the south-western United States that I met one year ago and we're exchanging mails or messages from time to time. We're both not older than 22 and I ...
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Salutation for two doctors (not married)

Does use of the salutation Dear Drs. Apple and Banana, imply that Dr. Apple is married to Dr. Banana? That is, would it be better form to use: Dear Dr. Apple and Dr. Banana, when Dr. ...
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Punctuating a salutation on a line by itself [duplicate]

In a salutation on a line by itself, which version is punctuated correctly? Hi, Mr Lawler, I am writing to say [...] Hi Mr Lawler, I am writing to say [...] Hi, Mr Lawler. ...
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Title in a letter to an unknown person

Many times when writing a letter asking to a department of my university, I'm hesitating for the appropriate title. Say I want to email "Student Insurance Office" to ask about insurance coverage. ...
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Reading zero as O (fifteenth letter in English) [duplicate]

I am new in English and confused for the below. Somewhere I observed that the people are reading zero (0) as Oh (O). Like Tel number E.g:. 0800 (Oh eight hundred). Why? From where it is decided or ...
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What informal and formal letter/e-mail closings are used the most? [duplicate]

I often struggle with doubts about the correctness of the closings which I use. I'm not a native speaker and I'm worried that I'll make a mistake in the last part of the letter/e-mail. Some examples: ...
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Usage of `é` (e-acute) [closed]

As a French person, I am always amused by the usage of the letter é in English. For instance: fiancé café résumé touché (coulé) Pokémon (yup, that's a good one) This letter, though very common in ...
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Addressing a formal letter to multiple people with unknown names

What is the appropriate way to address a motivational letter for a graduate program? Multiple poeple will read the letter. How should I address it if I want to avoid the "To whom it may concern" ...
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Addressing religious authorities

I want to write letters with the same content but addressed to religious authorities of different religions and levels, from the local Christian priest to the Dalai Lama. Is there a greeting I can use ...
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What complimentary close to use in continuous formal email?

I am a student in contact with a business owner, and I am having a hard time deciding on a complimentary close. Should I use it for every email I send him? I don't want to make it redundant since it ...
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When did the valediction 'best regards' come into use?

Best regards seems to be quite a popular valediction used in business emails, along with variants kind regards, or just regards. The spoken expression "give him my regards" would appear to be a ...
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How does one address a blended family in which the members have different surnames?

I am confused about how to address a family in which all the members have kept their original surname. What is the proper way to address such a family in a note to a family which consists of a single ...
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Is this a signature or a sentence that requires punctuation?

Is a period needed at the closing of a greeting card that reads: "Happy holidays from John Smith and the Smith Realty family"?
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Does it sound weird to say “ I hope I can be of any use (help) to you” in a cover letter?

Which one is better? Are they acceptable or do they sound weird in English?
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“Dear Sir” or “Dear John” if you are addressing the VP of a company

How to address the VP of a company or department? I have been told that addressing by name was not polite. Any clues?
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Does “Could I have hope of getting admission of your school with that score?” sound weird? [closed]

Does "Could I have hope of getting admission of your school with that score?" sound weird?
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Is it “Yours faithfully” or “Yours sincerely”?

When should one sign a letter with "Yours faithfully" or "Yours sincerely"?
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How to end a letter beginning with “To whom it may concern”

How should one end - ie, sign-off - a letter that begins with "To whom it may concern"?
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A ligature “og”

I met a ligature "og" in one of the manuscripts. It is hard to see this ligature there (look at the word "logicae". Have you met anything similar? Is there a better manuscript with this ligature or ...
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“Dear Sir (or Madam)” when gender unknown? [duplicate]

When writing a formal letter addressed to someone whose gender is unknown, how important is it to use "Dear Sir or Madam", instead of "Dear Sir"? I was taught that "Dear Sir" is an acceptable ...
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… regarding the advertised position of a researcher in the … department [closed]

Which of the following should I use: I'm writing to you regarding the advertised position of a researcher in the ... department I'm writing to you regarding the advertised position for a ...
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How to correctly express a successful job (where others failed) in a cover letter [closed]

I was working on a project where the two other person before me failed to get the job done as expected. Basically that was the reason they hired me, and fortunately I did it better than expected. How ...
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“Is there a way you could/would accept?” [duplicate]

Is it correct to write this in a formal letter: My certificate is not valid anymore. Is there a way you could accept my expired certificate?" Or should I use would instead of could? And what is ...
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Using first names with the titles Mr. and Mrs [closed]

It is proper to use the first names with Mr. & Mrs.? For example, in the invitation of an anniversary party, can one say the following: Celebrate the anniversaryof Mr. and Mrs. James and ...
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Can closings be made up or must one of the common ones be used?

There are common closings such as "respectfully", "Best Regards", "Yours truly" etc. but if you have reason to make your own is that allowed or is it more of a formality that is set in stone to used a ...
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Opposite word for “cursive”, as related to writing

I looked up the etymology entry at etymonline.com for cursive, which reads: 1784, from French cursif (18c.), from Medieval Latin cursivus “running,” from Latin cursus “a running,” from past ...
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When to use double “L”?

First of all, English is not my first language, so please excuse me if my question sounds dumb. Secondly, I've seen this question but I don't believe it applies, tho I've been wrong before :P. For ...
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Salutation for job application [duplicate]

I don't the know the exact receiver for the job.I don't even know the company's name because i found the job position online.I only know the email.How should i start the letter? I read that for that ...
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Which form of address in motivation letter? [duplicate]

I am writing a motivation letter for a university in London, and I wanted to know which form of address is common? Dear Sir or Madam To whom it may concern Thanks in advance.
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“Dear Professor” vs “Dear Mr”: differences between British and American usage

In British English, is it acceptable to address a professor as "Dear Professor X" when writing a formal or informal letter? Does it sound natural? Why I am asking this question: I was looking ...
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What does “shine on” mean?

I've seen some use "shine on" to close a letter. What does this mean?
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Short expression for “If you are not 100% convinced yet, this last thing will seal the deal”

I'm writing a LinkedIn recommendation for a colleague of mine. I praised his abilities far and wide; now I would like to throw in one last (ironic and informal) punch line to top it all off. Here is ...
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Should I capitalize the starting sentence after a greeting that ends in a comma (e.g. “Hello,”)?

Should I open the starting sentence after comma in adressing "Hi," ("Hello,") with capital letter? Hi, Xxxl, Dear Xxx L, let me ... vs. Dear Xxx L, Let me ... In Russian it ...
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Is it appropriate to add a postscript to an email?

Wikipedia says: A postscript may be a sentence, a paragraph, or occasionally many paragraphs added to, often hastily and incidentally, after the signature of a letter or (sometimes) the main body ...
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Greetings when replying to the other party's response

Writing formal emails, When I reply to the other party's email, how should I start my e-mail? Starting the email for the first time, I'd say Dear XXX. But should I say it again when I write to them ...
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Is it acceptable to use “Much Appreciated” as the closing for a letter or email?

When I send an email requesting assistance from someone, I am tempted to close the email with the phrase “Much Appreciated”. Is it acceptable to use that phrase outside of a sentence?
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Proper apostrophe usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper way to write the plural of a single letter? (another apostrophe question) Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or not? Take for ...
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Is there a name for the final section of a letter?

When writing a letter it typically starts out "Dear..." and then has the content, then before you sign it you might have a formal or informal (depending on who you're writing to) sign off, for ...
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“Dear Sir or Madam” versus “To whom it may concern”

When is it appropriate to use the terms Dear Sir or Madam and To whom it may concern? The rules I was taught state that Dear Sir or Madam should be used when you're writing a letter to a person about ...
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How to address letter to a company [closed]

I want to send a letter to a company (specifically Microsoft). I've read some things that say one should write "To whom it may concern". I really don't like this; it sounds pretentious. Other sources ...
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Can I say “let me not speak about that matter”?

I was writing a letter and wanted to say let's not talk about something. I wanted to know if I can say "let me not to speak about that matter". Or I need to omit the "to" because of the verb let. ...
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Sincerely [comma?] name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should you use a comma/period after “Thanks”/“Regards” in email signatures? I see answers on how to end a letter putting a comma after for example sincerely, like: ...
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Salutation punctuation: is “Hi!,” okay? [closed]

A friend of mine uses both an exclamation mark and a comma in his letter salutations, like so: Hi George!, I have never seen this before, and was wondering if it's grammatically kosher. ...
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What is the best salutation to use in cover letter when I don't have contact information?

I prepare to write a cover letter to several banks. The application is online and I need to submit it to each employer. So how could I write in the salutation of the cover letter. I don't have the ...