Brief - formal or informal written communication to a recipient. For questions on "letters" i.e. characters please use tag: "character".

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Would you find it polite if your doctor sent you a payment reminder letter like this?

My doctor sent me a payment reminder letter. Normally we are given 30 days to pay and a reminder letter will be sent out after 40-50 days. But this doctor gave me only 23 days in a vacation season and ...
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Is it still good form to use a capital D for Du or Dir in a letter?

I was taught (several decades ago) to write a capital D for all pronouns such as Du, Dir, Deine, when writing to my German penpals. I am afraid it would look antiquated or very formal these days. Is ...
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“Sehr geehrte Dame, Sehr geehrter Herr”; mit oder ohne Komma

Ich verfasse eine Spontanbewerbung an meine aktuelle Firma, wo ich im Sommer meine Ausbildung beende. Jetzt müssen alle Azubis eine Spontanbewerbung für die Firma schreiben. Weder für eine spezifische ...
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How does one say “to catch up” in German, as in to catch up with a friend?

I am writing an email in German to an old friend, a colleague from a former job. I am trying to set up a meeting with him when I am going to be in town. I'd like to say that it would be great to catch ...
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Was bedeutet eigentlich „freue mich“ am Ende einer E-Mail?

Am Ende einiger Briefen steht neben einem Abschiedssatz (z.B. liebe Grüße, MfG, bis bald, und so weiter und so fort) manchmals der kleine Ausdruck freue mich! Was bedeutet der? Es ist einfach ein ...
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Closure formula in letters [e.g “Look forward to hearing from you”]

I would like to know some closure formula for both formal and informal letters. I'm a beginner, hence I know only the classical and easy Viele Grüße, bis bald! for informal letters. I am ...
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“Lieber, sehr geehrter Herr X”: wie antworten?

Folgende Situation: Sie kontaktieren Firma A in einer geschäftlichen Angelegenheit. Der Telefonanruf wird an Frau B duchgestellt, gemeinsam mit ihrem Ehemann geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin des ...
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Is writing “Herr Prof. X” exaggerated/mandatory? Is it old-fashioned?

How necessary or exaggerated is the following Anrede? "Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. X" bzw. "Sehr geehrte Frau Dr. Z" I mean, should I write Herr Prof. X, or is Prof. X enough? Also, is it ...
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In what context do we write “Guten Tag” rather than “Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren”?

Formal letters almost always used to start with "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren," or "Sehr geehrter Herr Maier" if the person is known. However more and more we see formal correspondence that addresses ...
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“[Ort], der [Datum]” oder “Ort, den [Datum]”?

Wenn man in einem Schriftstück den Ort und das Datum schreibt, dann kenne ich das so: [Ort], den [Datum] also z.B.: Karlsruhe, den 29. Juli 2012 Warum schreibt man den? Warum nicht der wie in Es ...
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How to properly address “Graf zu”?

Here is a simple question from a person with a limited knowledge in German. Currently I'm writing a letter to a person who has a title of "Graf zu" someplace. Now how would you properly address him? ...