Use of Semi-colon


Which is correct at the end of a greeting?

Dear Tom: or Dear Tom;

asked Feb 09 '11 at 20:44 Don Hrnjak New member

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If it is a business letter addressed to a unknown entity plus a non-endearing term (to) use a colon.  For example:  "To whom it may concern:"


If you make it more personal, either in business or personal letters, a comma is sufficient.  For example: "Dear Tom, " or "Dear Selection Committee,"

link comment answered Feb 10 '11 at 12:57 Kimberly Expert

Dear Tom: is correct.

link comment answered Feb 25 '11 at 15:33 Juliet Wilson New member

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