I have observed that in my work place, whenever a mail is sent to more than one person( lượt thích an information, meeting request or a notice etc.), the mail starts with the salutation "Dear All". This, somehow, doesn"t seem correct to lớn me. For me, a salutation should address the reader individually, at least in its singular form, as in "Dear Colleagues".

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Am I correct in thinking that?


To me, Dear all conveys laziness. A well-thought-out message should have a specific audience that the message applies to. Dear coworkers, Dear minions, Dear Death-Eaters, Dear residents, etc. Is not that much more difficult to lớn type. Then someone reading the message can more easily discern whether the message applies khổng lồ them or not.

Unless they are actually your colleagues (i.e. None of them are your bosses! or clients, or third-parties), I would stick with the neutral:

Dear All,

(quite common) or maybe:

Dear Everyone,

(less common)

I just checked by looking up the emails we (as a group) receive from the hierarchy above:They all begin with "Dear All" (translated in French by "Bonjour à tous et à toutes", since the equivalent of "all" is not gender-neutral in French.)


Dear all is perfectably acceptable. So is Dear Colleagues. It depends on how formal or informal you want to lớn be, và what is normal usage in your workplace. If in doubt, vày what appears to be normal practice.

I find that using a non-standard, but polite greeting in an thư điện tử tends khổng lồ be quite effective in getting people to lớn actually read what you are writing. For instance, when writing to lớn a group of people, it is quite common (in New Zealand) khổng lồ write:To whom it may concern,

or, as has been mentioned:

Dear All,

But I tend khổng lồ write something off carte like (assuming that I worked at British Telecom–which I don"t):

Dear BT Person,

I have found that this unusual approach—which also feels less impersonal—can be more likely to garner an audience.

But where I currently work, we have a tool to address everyone individually, we just leave a placeholder where their name is, so it will say:Dear Mr. Smith, or Dear Kevin,Which I think is probably the best way khổng lồ get it done if it is convenient.

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Vincent McNabbVincent McNabb 8,82233 gold badges3838 silver badges3737 bronze badges địa chỉ cửa hàng a bình luận | 2 Nowadays often only "All:" is used - not very nice but that"s the way it is. nói qua Improve this answer Follow answered Aug 8 "10 at 12:50 vonjdvonjd 3,48599 gold badges3737 silver badges4444 bronze badges địa chỉ a comment | 2 Salutations are not for beauty; they are a tool khổng lồ alter reader"s mode of understanding, often lớn make the message more convincing.

If you are suggesting something formal, talking from position of rights or power, you may want to lớn use more formal "Dear Colleagues" khổng lồ make the argument stronger.

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If you are making a proposal, & want khổng lồ downplay it as in "hey, it"s an idea, a basis for further thinking and please judge it as such", a simple "All," would vì a better job.

In all cases, basic netiquette requires that meaningless text should be avoided when addressing a large group of people. It"s easier to write than to lớn read, so one should invest in brevity.

cốt truyện Improve this answer Follow edited Aug 13 "10 at 7:06 answered Aug 12 "10 at 22:04 Pavel RadzivilovskyPavel Radzivilovsky 2,95533 gold badges1717 silver badges1818 bronze badges 0 địa chỉ a bình luận | 0 All is not a addressing mode, when we talk to lớn somebody we can use all to denote a group of people but while writing an email it surely doesn’t make any sense.

Dear All is surely not correct mapiscinebois.com to lớn start with the email, rather you could use dear colleagues at a workplace.

I presonally find writing dear all very informal và hence always use dear colleagues.

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