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How do you say “To whom it may concern” in German?

You are right. The correct translation of Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren is (dear) ladies and gentlemen So, »to whom it may concern« seems not to match with »Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren«. ...
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The exact German word for addressing a woman with higher academic/social status (The applicability of the term 'Frau')

Other than the distinction between "Du" and "Sie", German forms of addressing people don't reflect social standing nearly as detailed other languages do (and the distinction ...
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Is ‘hallöchen’ appropriate between a professor and a student?

Generally speaking - no. I would only use this greeting in very informal situations, and the minimum requirement would be that I say "Du" to the other person. Nowadays, what is considered acceptable ...
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The exact German word for addressing a woman with higher academic/social status (The applicability of the term 'Frau')

As synonyms for 'madam' : Frau, Madam, gnädige Frau, Puffmutter, Bordellwirtin, kleine Prinzessin. You are making a very dangerous assumption here: namely that one word can mean only one thing. That ...
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How do you say “To whom it may concern” in German?

Short answer: There is no direct equivalent for To whom it may concern in the German speaking part of the world. Of course there are other things to write on top of documents, but it depends on the ...
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What does the author want to convey by ending his letter with »Tschüssikowsky«?

He is just trying to be funny. Tschüss is mostly used in the northern part of Germany. Tschüssikowsky is a stultification. According to Wiktionary, this term was first used in the German translation ...
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Wie ist die korrekte Anrede für 3 Personen, wenn man nur von zweien den Namen kennt?

In einer geschäftlichen E-Mail ist die Anrede wie in klassischer Briefform zu setzen. Ich schlage vor: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, sehr geehrte Frau X, sehr geehrter Herr Y, oder wenn im An-...
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What does the author want to convey by ending his letter with »Tschüssikowsky«?

"Tschüssikowski" is a somehow humorous version derived from "Tschüss" which simply means "Good bye". I don't know if there's an official name for transforming a common "standard German" word or ...
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How do non-Baviarians respond to "Grüß Gott!"?

The question cannot be answered, because the underlying assumption in the question How do non-Bavarians respond? that a person's behavior can be sufficiently be characterized as "non-Bavarian" in ...
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How do you say “To whom it may concern” in German?

You're saying that you're sceptical because it's plural and you're addressing a single person. However, I think that's the actual misunderstanding, because in German formal writing there are basically ...
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Difference: Ihr vs sie

It is as follows: du → you (singular) Hast du das getan? → Did you do that? ihr → you (plural) Habt ihr das getan? → Did you do that? Ihr → you (singular, Pluralis Majestatis, not to be confused ...
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Addressing an email

A polite way is just to use a phrase you would use while writing a formal letter, e.g. Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, (cf. https://wortwuchs.net/sehr-geehrte-damen-und-herren/ and http://www.stil....
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How to say: 'to you, too' or 'you as well'

I usually respond to: "Schönes Wochenende!" with "Gleichfalls!" or "Ihnen/Dir auch!" or, less formal: "Auch so!" Of course, to be polite, you could start the response with a "Danke!".
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Eine Begrüßung für Frauen am Weltfrauentag

Spezielle Begrüßungen für den Weltfrauentag gibt es in Deutschland keine. Viele Männer wissen zwar, dass es diesen Tag gibt, aber nicht, dass es der 8. März ist. Das erfährt »Mann« in der Regel nur, ...
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Formal greeting without specific recipient

The best choice is Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, Nothing can go wrong if you use this standard salutation. This is not necessary: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren der Firma Müller & Mayer, ...
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Eine Begrüßung für Frauen am Weltfrauentag

You could use: Alles Gute zum Frauentag/Weltfrauentag/... Alles Liebe zum Frauentag/... Ich wünsche Dir/Ihnen einen schönen Frauentag... In my experience though, in Germany, this day is celebrated ...
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How do non-Baviarians respond to "Grüß Gott!"?

The other answers already imply that "Wenn du ihn siehst!" isn't a polite answer and suggest polite alternatives. I will focus on another aspect. But I have to note that I have often heard "Wenn ich ...
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Is "Fräulein" archaic?

Yes, it is archaic, don't use it. "Fräulein" was used to refer to unmarried women, opposed to married woman who would be called "Frau". This distinction was never made for men. &...
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Korrekte Anrede bei Antwort mit allgemeiner E-Mail-Adresse

Das Problem ist nicht auf E-Mails beschränkt; die Papierpost, die ich von meinem zuständigen Jobcenter bekomme, hat auch stets eine Person, die unterzeichnet hat (Frau Müller*), während die ...
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Wie verwendet man Titel in der Anrede einer E-Mail?

Auf Studis Online ist die Anrede eines Professors im Brief so erklärt: 1) Nur der höchste Titel wird verwendet, es gibt also keinen Professor Doktor sondern nur einen Herr Professor/Frau Professorin ...
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Arrivederci auf Bayerisch

Möglicherweise handelt es sich um "habe die Ehre" in irgendeiner Dialektvariante, siehe https://regiowiki.at/wiki/Habediehre. "Habe die Ehre" als Abschiedsgruß habe ich in ...
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How do non-Baviarians respond to "Grüß Gott!"?

I’m a Bavarian in Prussian exile and have been here for the last four years. I’m proud of my Bavarian-ness and thus keep my dialectal speech and regionalisms. Thus, in these four years I have always ...
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Friendly Greetings

The complete form of the question you use to answer would be "Und wie geht es dir?" The personal pronoun is the object of the sentence and takes dative case. To find out the correct case, one can ...
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Welche Anrede wird unter Internetgemeindemitgliedern bei Begegnungen im echten Leben am besten verwendet?

Ich kann nur für mich persönlich sprechen: Ich bin 51 Jahre alt und hasse es sehr, wenn ich z.B. bei Ikea einfach so geduzt werde. (Genau aus diesem Grund kaufe ich dort nicht mehr ein. Das gilt auch ...
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A strange greeting! Servos?

It's short for 'servus Christi', or 'servus humillimus Christi': (a most humble) servant of Christ. Also used by Hungarians, spelled 'szervusz'. Nothing to do with the military whatsoever.
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How to address a formal letter to a German lawyer?

"Sehr geehrter Rechtsanwalt so-and-so" sounds so strange. Why do you think you should need a specific address about their profession? "Sehr geehrter Herr Dr. so-and-so." is just fine.
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Korrekte Bezeichnung von Professoren im Text

Was man hier schreiben sollte, hängt einerseits vom Statusbewusstsein des betreffenden Professors ab, andererseits von der Intention des Sprechers. Ich kenne Professoren, für die Das wird Ihnen ...
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Woher kommt »Bis die Tage«?

Informell benutzt man (zumindest hier in Nordbaden, vielleicht auch anderswo) "die Tage" durchaus als adverbiale Zeitbestimmung, im Sinn von einem unbestimmten "in diesen Tagen" ...
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Was ist eine formelle, allgemeingültige und nicht-binäre Version von "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren"?

Einen expliziten Einschluss - nein, keine Kenntnis. Ich verwende meist so etwas: Sehr geehrtes xy-Support-Team, Sehr geehrte Personalabteilung von Firma xy, Dabei benutze ich möglichst das, was ich ...
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When to say "du auch" and when to say "dir auch"?

"Du" is nominative while "Dir" is dative. Depending on the sentence, also the genitive "Dein" or accusative "Dich" may be required. All your examples are ...
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