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How should I address my in-laws in German?

How should I address my in-laws? I'm interested in the case when the person is about the same age (or younger), but it's someone you barely know. Should I use Sie or du?
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How to accept a contact request on a social networking site from higher ranked people?

My first idea were some like so: "Es ist eine große Ehre mit Ihnen in Kontakt zu treten." Is it ok? What would you say? P.s. he is much more older as me.
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Translating what The Queen said: does she always address her subjects as «Du»?

Today’s General-Anzeiger Bonn has an article containing an excerpt from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee message in which to your service is translated as in Euren Dienst Now I don’t believe ...
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Best way to address a business contact you're on a first name basis with in an email?

Our company culture is very informal. We all use first names, and everyone is per du with everyone else. But I'm not really comfortable addressing my boss as "Lieber Thomas" in an email or letter - ...
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Polite way of asking someone not to “duz”

I'm a native German speaker, but I still would like to know your opinion about this. What is the best and politest way to ask someone or tell someone to use "Sie" instead of "Du"? In some cases I ...
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Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...