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Which way is the most appropriate, to greet a person in the letter? I'm writing him for the first time and appeal to him to ask for advice.

  • Hello Username!
  • Good day, Username!
  • Another wording?

Thank you in advance!

  • In a formal letter Dear username, would be in line with traditional pre-email practice. I would only use something less formal if the person you are writing to has a public persona that suggests such an approach. For example someone with a loud social media presence, who make extensive use of vernacular. Hey dudes gimme ur ideaz won't be getting a "Dear Bill" from me ;-) – djna Sep 19 '16 at 11:10
  • Thank you very much, @djna , and thank you for the explanation of interesting nuances! If you will add this as an answer, I will be able to to accept it! :) – Rumata Sep 19 '16 at 11:33
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In a formal letter

Dear username,

would be in line with traditional pre-email practice.

I would only use something less formal if the person you are writing to has a public persona that suggests such an approach. For example someone with a loud social media presence, who make extensive use of vernacular.

Hey dudes gimme ur ideaz

won't be getting a "Dear Bill" from me ;-)

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