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How do you start your emails?

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How do you start your emails?

It seems traditional methods of addressing the recipient may be dying out:
Should e-mails open with Dear, Hi, or Hey?
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It's time we ditched "Dear..." from work e-mails, according to a US political figure, who says it's too intimate. So what is the most appropriate way to greet someone in an e-mail - hi, hey or just get straight to the point?

Personally I never use Dear when emailing family, friends, etc. but I always start business emails with Dear Sir/Madam/Name and end with Yours faithfully or sincerely depending on the opening.
As for Cheers - I've been known to use it here as an alternative to 'thanks'.

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Re: How do you start your emails?

I just tend to start writing without any formalities of name, if I know the person.  If I were to write to a stranger for information I'd write "Dear sir/madam" as that's polite.  I guess I see email to friends as an extension of SMS messages, you don't start them "Dear George" you just write what you need to and get on with it.
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Re: How do you start your emails?

I normally start Hi followed by first name and end with Regards
Don't send many business emails but would normally make them slightly more formal but still try to be friendly.
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Re: How do you start your emails?

I start emails to friends with either Hi or Hiya and I do the same with texts.
I even sign off texts with my name.
I have had texts from people who have changed their number and I have had no idea who they're from till I ask.

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Re: How do you start your emails?

Yup! agree, usually begin emails with hi .......,
Following the salutation though I use normal letter conventions, using "proper" punctuation, spelling, paragraphing etc. (and a spell checker operating) email may be a less formal communication but, it still needs to be easily understood. With a swipe at another thread, I don't use text speak in emails either.
Edit: I usually do the same in PM's as well. But not always as these can often be more cryptic and quite short.
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Re: How do you start your emails?

If I'm sending an email to someone I know as a friend it's 'Hi'.  On a more formal basis I use just the person's name such as to my doctor yesterday, Dr. R......
Ending emails is one of, 'Regards, Best Wishes or if I know the person on an intimate level, Love.
I don't use the salutation 'Dear' except in one case.  The person concerned emailed me using 'dear' so I responded likewise.
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Re: How do you start your emails?

i tend to start by clicking 'New Message'
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Re: How do you start your emails?

I start by clicking on the "Thunderbird" icon in the top right corner of my desktop screen...  Roll eyes
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Re: How do you start your emails?

Then I follow by clicking the Write button - Thunderbird hasn't a new message button
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Re: How do you start your emails?

They call it 'Write'
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Re: How do you start your emails?

1. Formal letter of application (for a job)
Dear Sir / Madam
I am writing to apply for …….
End:
I look forward to hearing from you
Yours faithfully
2. Formal business correspondence (for example: letter of enquiry)
Dear Mr Smith (Dear Ms Smith)
I am writing to enquire about your prices
End:
An early reply would be appreciated / I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Yours sincerely
3. Formal letter of reference
To whom it may concern
I write with reference to Ms Smith…
End
Yours faithfully
4. Business email – friendly
Dear (+ first name)
Just a quick note to remind you about
End
Best wishes / Kind regards
5. In-company email request
(no salutation)
Could you…….
End
Thanks / Cheers
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Re: How do you start your emails?

Interesting topic Mav; it's something I wondered about back in 2009 – here's my thread if you want to see what people said then. Could be interesting to hear if people have adapted their approaches a bit since then, as I think I have…
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Re: How do you start your emails?

Good thread, Thomas. Wish I'd seen it before I posted.
I think the following by artmo sums up my personal emails:
[quote="artmo"]Just checked some email details from this morning with a friend.  I started with 'Hi' and she started with 'Morning'.  After the second email we dropped the salutation completely and just carried on as if we were speaking to each other.
I will add that a new topic would set the whole Hi or Hiya cycle going again  Cheesy
Following on from that thread and adding to this one email, for me, is more like letter writing as you have the opportunity to read, edit and re-read before pressing the Send icon.
The first bit of advice given to me when I opened my first email account was 'never send a knee-jerk reply without saving it to Drafts and reviewing it later'. This has been sound advice and has prevented me many times from sending emails that could have inflamed a situation rather than help resolve it.

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Re: How do you start your emails?

I start them with Hi or I just get to the point with no greeting.
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
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Re: How do you start your emails?

I normally start with Hi followed by first name and end with From Gary
Wen sending business emails I normally start with Dear Sir or Madam, if I know there name I put Dear Sir then name or Dear Madam then name, and end with Yours Sincerely then my full name.