What is the female equivalent of Dear Sirs?
If you are at the Dear Sir level, the female equivalent is Madam.
Is it OK to say Dear Sirs?
If the recipient is an individual, use as a salutation Dear and the individual’s name. A traditional choice for a salutation to an entity would be Dear Sirs, but it suggests you’re writing to a group of individuals, it’s old-fashioned, and it’s gender-specific (see 17.10).
Is Dear Sirs gender neutral?
Law firm Withers said the male address was “accepted standard”. A spokesman said: “It very much depends on who we’re writing to. If they are an individual then it depends on their gender and title. If it’s an organisation, then we currently use ‘Dear Sirs’ as that remains the accepted standard.
What can I say instead of dear sirs?
“Dear Sir or Madam” Alternatives
- “Hello, [Insert team name]”
- “Hello, [Insert company name]”
- “Dear, Hiring Manager”
- “Dear, [First name]”
- “To Whom it May Concern”
- “Hi there”
- “I hope this email finds you well”
Can I use dear for female?
The proper salutation of a woman depends largely on her marital status. If you are unsure of the recipient’s marital status, and she does not have a formal title or professional designation, it is possible to use “Dear [the first and last name of the recipient]. For example, Dear Jennifer Johnson.
Can we write respected sirs?
The salutations ‘Dear Respected Sir/Madam’, ‘Respected Sir/Madam’ and ‘Respected Sir’ are very common in Indian English. It is an old-fashioned term and native speakers of English do not use it. It is used in neither British English nor American English. It is good to avoid ‘respected’ in salutations.
Why do people still say Dear Sirs?
The reason “Dear Sirs” exists is because, traditionally, you were writing to the firm rather than to the individual. And, of course, for a long time only men were partners in law firms – thus, Dear Sirs.
How do you call a woman respect?
Formal Titles in English
- Sir (adult male of any age)
- Ma’am (adult female – North American)
- Madam (adult female)
- Mr + last name (any man)
- Mrs + last name (married woman who uses her husband’s last name)
- Ms + last name (married or unmarried woman; common in business)
- Miss + last name (unmarried woman)
How do you address a woman if you don’t know if she’s married?
Miss: Use “Miss” when addressing young girls and women under 30 that are unmarried. Ms.: Use “Ms.” when you are not sure of a woman’s marital status, if the woman is unmarried and over 30 or if she prefers being addressed with a marital-status neutral title. Mrs.: Use “Mrs.” when addressing a married woman.
What can we write instead of respected?
In informal letters, the term ‘dear’ is used (like for friends, family). So, you should uphold formality and use the word ‘respected’ when writing a letter to someone respectable, such as sir, madam, principal, or even family elders.