What about starting an official E.Mail with: Respected Addressees. Is it proper and what is the best beginning of an official E.Mail which is addressed to many receipts?

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Dio 2600

"Respected Addressees" sounds strange, better use "Respectfully" in the sign (as Native said).

Start an email with:

  • Dear Sir or Madam: (use if you don't know who you are writing to - it's your case)
  • Dear Dr, Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms Smith: (use if you know who you are writing to, and have a formal relationship with - VERY IMPORTANT use Ms for women unless asked to use Mrs or Miss)
  • Dear Personnel Director: (if it will be finally addressed to the Personnel Director)
  • Also in American English it is common to start an email with Gentlemen.


Native 7610

Dear Sir or Madam:

That is the proper way to start a formal letter to more than one or two people.

End with "Respectfully yours,"


Dear Mr. X, I want to learn English to go to Scotland, and do volunteer work with animals or nature in general, which I love. My business is enjoy the scenery and get to know people away from my culture. Thank you.


I'd like too... :D but I prefer England! Animals and Britain... I really love it all!


The question was about e-mails and e-mails are always informal. Sorry Dio but the expression is, respectful, but we can be, respectful, without being formal.

E-mails do not follow the conventions of formal or informal letters. E-mails have no, Dear Sir, or, yours faithfully. E-mails use informal language, are short and to the point and say just what they mean.

Start an e-mail directly with your purpose. "I am applying for the position of ...." , "In answer to your advert for ...". To sign off just use your name, Fred Smith, etc.


... and in what situation may I start with DEAR SIRS?

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