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July 18, 2010 9:15 AM Subscribe
In writing formal letters or e-mail, how do I address someone whose sex is not apparent from his/her name?
posted by hayvac to human relations (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am writing a series of formal e-mails to people I have never met in real life or spoken to on the phone. Several given names are giving me trouble when I try to figure out whether to start the salutation with "Dear Mr. X" or "Dear Ms. X." Google helps in some cases, but not all.
Is there an accepted, courteous way to approach this?