I would like to address a mail to two persons not in a strictly professional manner, something like 'Hi Ann/Jack' is this the correct way of mentioning?

Also is use of a slash considered professional?

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    It's not categorically unprofessional, but the effect of the slash is usually that of combination and while most people would interpret it as a perfectly normal way of combining two people into the target of one hello, the people involved might feel as though their individualities are threatened. Better to write more like you would talk, especially if you aren't in a formal situation. Something like “Hi Ann, hi Jack” ought to do nicely. Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 5:01
  • As a side note, the correct plural form of person is people, not persons.
    – JW Lim
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 6:19
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    I faced a similar issue, to write the same email to seven people, and I used "Dear friends” Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 7:38
  • @LucianSava I find it odd to start an email with 'Dear...', which to me is a salutation to be reserved for letters. "Hi all" is what I write in emails to multiple addressees.
    – toandfro
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 8:30
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    This is more a question of etiquette than language rules. Maybe better suited to http://workplace.stackexchange.com
    – relaxing
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 14:32

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It should be fine. I would avoid using 'Hi Ann, Hi Jack', and use either 'Hi Ann/Jack' or 'Hi Ann and Jack' or 'Hi all'. I would also avoid using 'Hi friends', it is not normally used in English speaking countries by anyone other than language learners!

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