If my teacher's first name is Robert and his last name is Dowry, and I have to send him an email, then which of the following will be correct?

  1. Dear Sir Dowry,
  2. Dear Sir Robert,
  3. Dear Sir Robert Dowry,

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If he is knighted, it would be Dear Sir Robert,

Otherwise you would use any of

  • Dear Sir,
  • Dear Mr. Dowry,

or if you know him well or are American,

  • Dear Robert,
  • Even if he is knighted, they may not use the title in the context. One of my school teachers had the title Lady but since she didn't use it in that context we still addressed her as Miss and referred to her as Mrs. X.
    – Jon Hanna
    Jan 11, 2015 at 15:02
  • 1
    They mightn't but you should when sending them mail if you know they are in my opinion.
    – mplungjan
    Jan 11, 2015 at 16:09

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