Dear Salutation For Business Letters


The Use of 'Dear' Salutation in Business Letters

Start the email with the word "Dear" without quotes and with the respective gender. Dear (a) is not considered an expression of affection but rather a polite way to start a formal mail or business letter.

Use formal titles like Dr. or Reverend. Followed by the word "Dear," write the formal title of the person you are treating, followed by your last name. If you don't have a formal title, use Mr., Mrs., Mrs. or Miss depending on the marital status of the person. If you are not sure if a woman is single or married, use "Miss."

Write the person's full name if you are not sure of the recipient's gender. For example, Corey's name is used by both genders. To avoid offending the recipient, write "Dear Corey Thompson."

Avoid writing "To whom it may concern" if you are not sure to whom the email is addressed. You must be as specific as possible. Use the person's title as "Dear Lord" or "Dear Lady" if you know the gender of the recipient or the holder.

Follow the greeting with two points. don't use a comma.


When you send an email to several recipients, use a formal title for each person. For example, use "Dear Mr. Jenkins and Mrs. Thompson" if you write for two people.


  • Do not use jargon in a formal email. For example, "I" or "what happens" should be avoided.
  • Do not explain the words as Dr., Mr., Mrs. or Miss.

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