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Old 03-31-2009, 11:02 AM
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I am drafting a letter to be sent to 2 officials who are Phds.

Should the salutation read.

Dear Drs.
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Dear Dres.

Can anyone help me on this one?;?
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In a salutation I would not use an abbreviation.
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Drs.

However, if they were uroligists it could possibly be DRE's.
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First is correct, but I would address them as Dr. Smith & Dr. Jones. Of course "Gentlemen" is good as always.
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Originally Posted by Freeebird View Post

First is correct, but I would address them as Dr. Smith & Dr. Jones.

Ditto. If it is formal, also use their first names; Dr. Samuel Smith & Dr. James Jones.
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I agree with Freebird. A lot of folks with a Ph.D. would like Dr. while others (like me!) would prefer Gentlemen or to be called by their given name. You won't go wrong following Freebird's advice.

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The Japanese have this stuff figured out, simplified. It is acceptable to refer to anyone, everyone, as "san". It simply means "I respect you without condition". It is also proper to refer to occupations with a "san" -- cook san, electrician san, bank robber san ...
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Thanks everyone, that helps. I never thought of addressing them both seperately which is what I did.

I hear ya Eyeball san but the letter is going to a former occupied (brutally) country of the Japanese. I think addressing them as san would not be good for our relations.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
Ditto. If it is formal, also use their first names; Dr. Samuel Smith & Dr. James Jones.
Ditto. Or if it's less formal, maybe:

Dear Doctors Smith and Jones,
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