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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren

English translation: Dear ladies and gentlemen

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German term or phrase:Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
English translation:Dear ladies and gentlemen
Entered by: Fuad Yahya
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10:49 Apr 7, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
German term or phrase: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren

Meine Übersetzung: Dear Sir/Madam (Plural?)

Zusammenhang: Bewerbung
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Dear ladies and gentlemen,
Explanation:
Good luck!!
Selected response from:

Andy Lemminger
Canada
Local time: 03:49
Grading comment
sehr gut!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
naDear Madam or Sir,Astrid Bidanec
na"Dear Sir or Madam" or ...Fuad Yahya
naDear Sir/Madam
Natalie Grassmann
naDear SirsxxxGAK
naDear Madames, Dear Sirs:Beth Kantus
naLadies and Gentlemen,
Alexander Schleber
naDear Sir or MadamRebekka Groß
naLadies and Gentlemenxxxlone
naDear Sir/Madam
Trudy Peters
naDear Sir/Madam // Dear SirsAgius Language & Translation
naDear ladies and gentlemen,
Andy Lemminger


  

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2 mins
Dear ladies and gentlemen,


Explanation:
Good luck!!


    own experience
Andy Lemminger
Canada
Local time: 03:49
Native speaker of: German
Grading comment
sehr gut!

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Gunsou

Natalie Grassmann

Astrid Elke Witte
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7 mins
Dear Sir or Madam


Explanation:
This is the start of a letter, where you don't know whom you are addressing. You can't use Ladies and Gentlemen. And you can't use the plural, as "madams" are generally women who run a brothel.

If it's a formal speech, you start with "Ladies and Gentlemen".




    10 years+ in UK, i. e. almost a native ;-)
Rebekka Groß
Local time: 10:49
Native speaker of: German

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Andrea Kopf

Astrid Elke Witte
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26 mins
Ladies and Gentlemen


Explanation:
Although not considered wrong, I would leave "dear" out since this is a business letter.


    Translated business letters for 25 years in Canada
    Routledge German Dictionary of Business ,Commerce and Finance
xxxlone
Canada
Local time: 05:49
Works in field
Native speaker of: Danish

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Astrid Elke Witte
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44 mins
Dear Sir/Madam


Explanation:
I see nothing wrong with this construction (in the US). No plural, though.



Trudy Peters
United States
Local time: 05:49
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 24

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Gunsou

Andy Lemminger

Astrid Elke Witte
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1 hr
Dear Sir/Madam // Dear Sirs


Explanation:
Please note that a letter NEVER (In the UK anyhow) begins with 'Dear Ladies and Gentlemen'. This is only used in a formal speech.

Also, it is quite common to say 'Dear Sirs' and it is not at all seen to favour one sex.
HTH
Claire

Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:49
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

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Astrid Elke Witte
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3 hrs
Ladies and Gentlemen,


Explanation:
Ione is right

Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 11:49
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4

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Gunsou

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4 hrs
Dear Madames, Dear Sirs:


Explanation:
this covers the fact that you may be addressing more than one individual.

Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 05:49
Native speaker of: English

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7 hrs
Dear Madam or Sir,


Explanation:
Fuer eine Bewerbung ist es allerdings am allerbesten den genauen Namen (und damit das Geschlecht) der Ansprechperson rauszufinden. Das zeigt naemlich, dass man seine 'Hausaufgaben' gemacht hat!!

Viel Erfolg!!


    experience
Astrid Bidanec

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8 hrs
"Dear Sir or Madam" or ...


Explanation:
Gender-inclusive salutations do not have a single rigid standard form. Here is a list of gender-inclusive salutations that I have found on the Internet:

http://www.bse.ro/BSE_email.html

"Dear Sir/Madam,"


http://www.latimes.com/business/columns/ereview/20001207/t00...

"Dear Sir or Madam"


http://www.epsoweb.org/commun/external/FAIP introduction pos...

"Dear Sir, Madam,"


http://www.echinabeer.com/english/magazine/sub.htm

"Dear Sir and Madam"


http://www.inppaz.org.ar/MENUPAL/inppaz_oie/oie_abr_cons1.ht...

"Dear Madam, Dear Sir,"


I would not be surprise to find additional forms in use. By far, the most common ones are "Dear Sir or Madam" and "Dear Sir/Madam."

I have seen the plurals in use as well, and I have used them myself.

Fuad


    Common usage
Fuad Yahya
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish

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Andy Lemminger

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1 day 20 hrs
Dear Sir/Madam


Explanation:
This is certainly the accepted equivalent in UK English. The only letters I have ever seen that started 'Ladies and Gentlemen' were bad translations from German...


    personal experience
Natalie Grassmann
Italy
Local time: 11:49
Works in field
Native speaker of: English

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Astrid Elke Witte
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5 days
Dear Sirs


Explanation:
Ich kenne eigentlich nur diese Version, wenn die Namen der angesprochenen nicht bekannt sind.


    own knowledge
xxxGAK
Local time: 11:49
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in category: 4

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