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Starting your letter with "Greetings!" is fine. But it sounds a bit stiff in my opinion. I prefer starting my letters with "Hi X," as I feel it's the appropriate balance between formal and informal. It's delightfully time neutral as well. :D Try these takes on the same. ...
We can certainly speak of throwing a party, but we normally do so when there is actually to be a party. It strikes rather the wrong note when you’re apologising for there not having been one. It would be better to use a more neutral term, and write something like ‘I’m sorry I didn’t give a farewell party, but . . .’ and then give whatever excuse you’ve got.
"Sir" means "a respectful or formal term of address used to a man". Omit it, and you also omit respect. You use "Dear [name]" if the person you are addressing to is close to you. If you are writing a business-related letter, do not omit "Sir" even if the CEO is your husband!
Unless you knew him personally, it would certainly not be appropriate in the UK, and I imagine it would not be in the US either. Few men will object to being addressed by a stranger as 'Dear Sir'.
It is somewhat a close relative of "ok" or "I am following". More like when someone is telling/informing you about something you'd says "hmmmm" to indicated that you're following what is being told. "Ummm" on the other hand means that you are thinking trying to recall or a find an answer to something, usually a question. It's usually contextual plus the ...
It expresses doubt without being outright rude about it.
I'm not a native speaker, so I might be biased, but ... I would like to take tomorrow off. Please approve it. ... you're not asking for approval, you're telling the other end that you intend to take tomorrow off, and that s/he is expected (by you) to approve at once. This is probably why it sounds wrong. Changing it as suggested to I would like to take ...
Of course, I can't be sure why it sounds wrong to you, but to me it sounds a bit funny because I'm expecting "it" to refer back to something mentioned previously, and the only thing in the previous sentence it seems it could refer to is "tomorrow". And asking someone to "approve tomorrow" is just silly — there will be a tomorrow whether they approve ...
It sounds a lot better and would be more polite to say 'Please would you approve it?' It just sounds too terse for what is a request.
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