What's the modern equivalent of "Dear Sir or Madam" to start a letter?

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Usually "Hello..." or "Dear..." (plus name inserted).

If the name cannot be found then "To Whom it May Concern" if the letter/email is supposed to circle in the organisation or .

If it is intended to be read only by a specific person whose name and title just happen to be unknown to you, is about a specific project, or employment, then "Dear Sir or Dear Madam" signals this intention. The letter/email should then be closed with a "Yours faithfully" to keep the style level.

@simsa02 I was thinking if Sir/Madam is too binary these days :) Nice to know you have letter writing skills though. IIRC, it's "Yours sincerely" for "To Whom it May Concern", and "Yours faithfully" at other times???

@simsa02 Although I do like "Kind regards" and "Thanks muchly". 😀

Well, I wasb riefly thinking abut the non-binary thing as well, but I guess that is mostly covered by "Hello" or "Dear" plus the name one researched on the web. As long as there is no formal third form on a par to "Mr/Sir" and "Ms/Madam" one should go with "To Whom it May Concern". Personally I'm fond of "Dear Sir, dear Madam" and a "Kind regards" at the end. "Yours faithfully" and "Yours sincerely" feels a bit too much for my taste. But I will keep in my mind your "Thanks muchly" :-)

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