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Dear Sir or Madam vs. Dear Sir/Madam

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by HyphenSpeedy, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. HyphenSpeedy Banned

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    In a formal letter, what would you write?

    [FONT=&quot]1. Dear Sir or Madam,[/FONT]
    2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Thanks!
     
  2. FromArgentina

    FromArgentina Senior Member

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    argentina (spanish)
    I would use
    Dear Sir/Madam,
     
  3. salvamea4545 Senior Member

    Boston, MA
    Colombia, Spanish
    Agree!
     
  4. HyphenSpeedy Banned

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    Really? Do you know why?
     
  5. FromArgentina

    FromArgentina Senior Member

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    argentina (spanish)
    I don't know why, i don't know if there's a right/wrong form.. but "/" is much better than saying "or" in that kind of letter.. in my language too
     
  6. HyphenSpeedy Banned

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    Yeah, I also agree that, in Spanish, "Querido/a Señor/a" is better than "Querido/a Señor o Señora".

    Anyway, thanks for your help!!
     
  7. kennytimes2 Junior Member

    New York Conurbano
    USA/English
    In my opinion, "Dear Sir or Madam" is much better. It´s more direct and clearer to write "or" than to imply it through punctuation.
     
  8. Paul Clancy Senior Member

    Ireland, English

    In Ireland we would never say "Dear Sir or Madam" we only say "Dear Sir/Madam"
     

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