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Punctuation rules in a business letter addressed to several recipients

I usually use: Diana, Thank you for.. Dan, I considered your.. I've seen in my incoming letters: Diana - thank you.. Dan - I considered your.. So the questions is: What is ...
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When calling a company in the united states, how do you start a conversation?

How do you initiate the conversation? Should you use the phrase "How are you?" after or before introducing yourself? I assume it is after you introduce yourself? "Hi, this is ... calling, how are you?...
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What is commonly used to respond “howdy howdy” greetings?

When people greet us by 'howdy howdy', what is the best reply to it? Is it also used in British English?
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“For” vs “in”: which will be correct to use?

Context: Good luck "in" your future endeavors. Good luck "for" your future endeavors. So which is right grammatically? They are both on the internet. I am confused!!!!
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medium-soft flattery that can be said to women without coming out too strong :))

Today I have a somewhat funny but serious question: What medium soft flattery can you say to women without it being interpreted as "sexual harassment" or coming out too strong. e.g. can you say ...
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Will you greet your close friend 'Hi there'?

I thought 'Hi there' was only used to greet people who you didn't know their names, such as you write a complaint letter to customer service. So I feel a little bit awkward when I received messages ...
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Is it okay to use “very Good morning” instead of 'Good morning'

while on cold call, is it okay to wish "a very good morning" instead of 'good morning', followed by your name and introduction? Or is it that we may wish "a very Good morning" to only those who are ...
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How to describe the following greeting gestures?

"Clasping hands" would fit all the 4 hand gestures but I want to differentiate between the four. I'm especially interested in how to describe the first picture. The context where I want to use this ...
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Why do people call you a nickname when you introduce yourself with a proper name

As a rule, I always introduce myself using my proper first name, "Thomas". With this I expect people to refer to me and call me by that name. However, there are a significant number of people who go ...
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Greeting with “Ho”

The other day, in a chat room, I was greeted with: Hi! I'm a nice person so I greeted back with: Ho! But then I got a reply: No! I'm not a Ho! I thought Ho is an interjection similar to ...
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How to address multiple peoples in email?

Which is the correct way to address multiple recipients in email? I am not the manager of recipents but the receipents are combination of either both being managers (not necessarily my manager of my ...
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Do you say “Namaste, you”, “Namaste, Grandpa”, “Namaste, Daddy”, “Namaste, Sirs”, “Namaste, Boss” or “Namaste, + [proper name]”?

Namaste (exclamation) (Indian English) ​a polite greeting said when giving a namaskar (= with the hands placed together as in prayer and the head bent forwards) ​(also namaskar) [...
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Can “Madame” be used instead of “Madam”?

In President Trump's letter to Speaker Pelosi, he addressed Pelosi as "Madame Speaker". The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear ...
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How to respond to “Good Morning” from a colleague who's in place with 10 hr time difference? [duplicate]

So, a colleague of mine, who's in a place with 10 hr time difference than mine, called me up during my morning (9am), his late night (11pm), and said "Good Morning". As this happened for the first ...
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How do we respectfully address kids whose names we don't know?

When it's about adults, we have plenty of choices... Mr., Ms., Mrs., or even Sir and Madam. But then what about kids? Kids aging 7 to 12 (approx). What about in our practice, a day-to-day practice? ...
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How to respond to “talk to you tomorrow”

I wonder how to respond to the sentence "talk to you tomorrow" if we are communicating via text message. Is it ok to respond with "See you tomorrow"?
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How to punctuate a welcome message

I am developing an application. When users login to this application, I would like to welcome them. Should it be "Welcome Susan." "Welcome, Susan." "Welcome, Susan" "Welcome Susan" or something else? ...
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Answering with “Doing alright” to “How are you”

"Doing alright" sounds like a good answer to "How are you doing?". Is it an acceptable answer to "How are you?" too?
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“glad to write to you again” vs “pleased to contact you again”

I would like to write an email to one of my friend, who I did not contact for a long time. So, is it OK in English to say: I am glad to write to you again. or I am pleased to write to you ...
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What do they mean with “Hi, how are you doing”?

When I was in New York the workers at the counter (in a shop) always said Hi, how are you doing? I was, and still am very confused if they just mean "hello", or actually want to know how I feel. ...
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Why do many native speakers say “It is not polite to say 'Thank you in advance'”?

Let say, in a letter, we want someone do something for us in the future. We know that now that action hasn't happened yet. At the end of the letter, we say "Thank you in advance!". Why do many ...
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We wanted to “personally” let you know - is it correct?

Got a bit of an argument about this sentence here (this is the beginning of the email). "We wanted to personally let you know that..." Is it OK to use "personally" here? It seems grammatically ...
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Is there a polite and natural way to welcome the stranger you've already met today?

Is there a polite and natural way to welcome the stranger you've already met today? A usual greeting seems inappropriate since you've already seen the person. Even if it was a brief encounter (in a ...
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Postscripts – before or after the signature?

When I write an email, I sometimes want to add some postscripts, but I don't know where to put it? Shall I put it before my signature or after that? Dear Mr. Felani, Blah Blah Blah. P.S: ...
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Period after Hi (Hi.)

We usually write: Hi, John. But if I'd like to write simply Hi followed by a Period, ie, Hi. How are you? Is it correct? Thank you.
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Cheers, Best, Yours

I've recently got some e-mails from a person who was offering me a job opportunity. They used to end the message using simply "Best" followed by their name. Is this an appropriate greeting in this ...
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how to give regards to someone

I have been told by a (male) person A to give his regards to a (male) person B. I don't know them too well, but I have met them both semi-privately (person A is a coworker of a friend of mine and we ...
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Reply to Merry Christmas wishes

I have received an email with wishes for Merry Christmas and other information from my employer. I want to know if it is correct to respond in this way: Thank you for the information, Merry ...
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difference between fine and very well?

I learnt that one of this is officially accepted, is there any difference between I am fine, thank you, and I am very well, thank you ?. I was preparing for an interview, and a friend of mine ...
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Am I glad to see you!

Am I glad to see you! It's my first time I've met this expression, but I don't completely understand why "Am" is placed before "I" and thought it would have derived from its interrogative form ...
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“Greetings” as a greeting

In one of the episodes of Rick and Morty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick says "Greetings" to a crowd. It's not the first time I hear this expression, which seems to be used as a greeting. What's the ...
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“Hi beautiful!” and “Hi beauty!”

In the movie "The Dark Knight" (2008) by Christopher Nolan, the character Joker, at a certain point, interrupts a party where there's Rachel Dawes (former girlfriend of Bruce Wayne). When he meets her ...
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Saying “very much” right after “Nice to meet you, too”

Can I say "very much" right after "Nice to meet you, too."? The other day I was introduced to one native English speaker and said that - just to emphasize how glad I was, but he looked a bit puzzled ...
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Asking whether someone has eaten, as a greeting

In our culture we generally ask people to know that whether they have eaten or not. There is no intention to offer food to them it's just as casual as saying hello to begin the conversation. Example ...
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I don't know how to say that as a native?

My professor, who I had work with him before, put a photo with beautiful smile on Whats-App status, I want to say to him that always be happy and I wish that you always be glad and smiley or something ...
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How do we address an unmarried old woman?

Say, Jeane is a 50 year old unmarried woman. And I insist on using titles. So, while talking about her with somebody else, shall I say, "This is Mrs. Jeane's house?" In writing, of course, we can use ...
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Is my response correct?

My recruiter started his email with phrase : I hope you're doing well. Is it correct to reply : Thanks, I am doing well and I hope you're doing well too.
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How to reply to “Good day, sir”?

How to reply to Good day, sir in the beginning of the conversation as a greeting?
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Does the phrase “good day” (greeting) is a natural for native English speakers?

When greeting people every day it is used to say "good morning" or "good evening" etc. Among the greetings there is another one "good day" (as a greeting!). When I've heard the phrase "good day" ...
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How to answer “What's up?” [duplicate]

It is often the case that other people greet me with "What's up?" and I don't know how to answer, so I usually say "hello" or "hi". It's embarrassing... As a person whose first language is not ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “Your XYZ Team” in English?

Like at the end of an email... Or is it not really used? Dear XYZ Customers, Thanks for everything. Cheers, Your XYZ Team
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Is the greeting, “How do?”, a valid sentence and has it ever been used?

I've heard people say that greetings from before, and I picked it up from them. I was wondering if it is a legal sentence and its origin.
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Is it acceptable to respond to “What's going on?” with “What's going on?”

I am aware that common answers to "What's going on?" are phrases like: "Not much. How about you?" or "Nothing much, you?", but sometimes people use it in a manner like "hi" and you know ...
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Is it okay to start a letter with “Dear <name>” followed by “Hi, <name>”?

I'd like to know whether it is okay to start a letter like this: Dear Bob, Hi, Bob... I've been doing this but not sure it is totally acceptable. Isn't "Hi, Bob" somewhat redundant as there ...
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is this something we can write or just say

Is the sentence below run on or is it something we say to each other Isn't "Have a great morning/night" a run-on sentence? or can I say "you have a great morning/night"? Or is that just a sentence we ...
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How to say hello via Skype? [closed]

Sometimes I need to ask for helps from other colleagues that I never know before, so I usually say hello and introduce myself, and then can I say "Nice to meet you on Skype"? Appreciate your answers.
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Introducing myself on text message

I would like to ask which one of the following introductory is more appropriate for a formal and polite registry when I text to someone who knows me for the first time after I got her number or when I ...
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How you can say “Happy New Year” formally?

Good afternoon, I have to send an e-mail to my future traineeship's menthor and I don't know how I can write to her today in a formal way a Happy New Year's greeting. Thank you for your help.
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Greeting inquiry: have you been, Jack?

Is or can be Have you been, Jack? short for How have you been, Jack?
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Is it grammatically correct to ask “How is going everything?”

Is it grammatically correct to say: How is going everything? And does it convey same meaning as "How is going your life?"