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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren (in USA!)

English translation: Dear Sir or Madam (US letter)

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German term or phrase:Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren (GE letter)
English translation:Dear Sir or Madam (US letter)
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13:52 Sep 3, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren (in USA!)
Ich suche die in den USA am weitesten verbreitete
Entsprechung zu "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren"
(für den Fall, daß man den Namen des Ansprechpartners
nicht kennt)
Carsten Weber
Local time: 01:02
Dear Sir/Madam or Dear Sir or Madam, (if letter)
Explanation:
this is rather an honest question to my learned friends than an answer:

Don't you use capital letters in the US?

Thanks, Uschi
Selected response from:

Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 10:02
Grading comment
Thanks a lot!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +3Dear sir/madam,Marcus Malabad
na +2Ladies and Gentlemen
Dawn Montague
na +1To whom it may concern:Antje Ruppert
na +1Dear Sir/Madam or Dear Sir or Madam, (if letter)Uschi (Ursula) Walke
naDear sir or madam,
Roland Grefer


  

Answers


10 mins peer agreement (net): +3
Dear sir/madam,


Explanation:
that's one all-encompassing variant

Marcus Malabad
Canada
Local time: 01:02
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in TagalogTagalog
PRO pts in pair: 1782

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Dawn Montague: If this is the greeting in a letter
6 mins

agree  Maya Jurt
20 mins

agree  bhpirch: IF this is the greeting in a letter
22 mins
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17 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Ladies and Gentlemen


Explanation:
This would be the form to use IF beginning a speech to an audience.

Dawn Montague
Local time: 19:02
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 114

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  bhpirch
14 mins

agree  xxxlone: agree 200% - this is THE way to address an audience in USA
1 hr
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5 hrs
Dear sir or madam,


Explanation:
This is the most common general introduction of a letter if you do not know a recipient's name nor gender.

Roland Grefer
Local time: 19:02
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 231
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5 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
To whom it may concern:


Explanation:
"To whom it may concern:"

Bei Anreden von Personen, dessen Namen man nicht kennt und denen man sonst auch
fremd ist (z.B. Bewerbungsschreiben), wird in den USA diese Anrede meistens benutzt.
Soweit zumindest meine Erfahrung.

HTH,

Antje


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Antje Ruppert
United States
Local time: 19:02
PRO pts in pair: 73

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  cochrum
1 hr
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5 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Dear Sir/Madam or Dear Sir or Madam, (if letter)


Explanation:
this is rather an honest question to my learned friends than an answer:

Don't you use capital letters in the US?

Thanks, Uschi

Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 10:02
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 492
Grading comment
Thanks a lot!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Johanna Timm, PhD: yes!!
5 mins
  -> Thank you, Johanna! I'm repeating an exam 14Sep, which I failed once. I get very confused.
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