Addressing more than one man in a letter

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Addressing more than one man in a letter

Post by Archived Topic » Sat Dec 29, 2001 2:27 pm

I have a letter going to 2 men. After "Dear" it seems to me that there is a proper way to address these men as one entry (Messrs??). Can anyone confirm?
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 2:41 pm

You are right. In the inside address, you would list them separately, such as:

Mr. Sam Smith
Mr. John Jones
XYZ Company
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Then, in the salutation, you would address them as "Dear Messrs. Smith and Jones."
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 2:56 pm

.. Erik could we also use >> Dear Sirs, << ??
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:10 pm

I think that would be acceptable to most recipients.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:25 pm

What if only one of them deserves "Dear"?
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:39 pm

Then we shall just have to apply discriminatory practices:

"Dear Mr X / Anathematous greetings of the utmost perfunctoriness to Mr Y".
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:53 pm

I'd write on both sides of the paper.
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