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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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Gute Anrede für Bedienungen

Meine Antwort basiert lediglich auf meiner langjährigen (und andauernden) Gastrotätigkeit. In einem ganz normalen Restaurant, einem Café oder einer Bar gibt es: nichts Alles klingt gestelzt, steif, ...
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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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Gute Anrede für Bedienungen

Wenn die Gaststätte nicht zu vornehm ist, habe ich mit Chefin bisher gute Erfahrungen gemacht. Insbesondere dann, wenn die Bedienung eindeutig nicht die Chefin ist...
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Gute Anrede für Bedienungen

In ihren „Richtlinien zur Vermeidung sexistischen Sprachgebrauchs“ von 1980 empfehlen Guentherodt, Pusch, Trömel-Plötz und Hellinger, die wegbereitend für den sprachlichen Feminismus im ...
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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?

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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How does a German say "Nice to meet you"?

I disagree with the previous answers, in part: I argue that in German there is no direct translation of "nice to meet you", because German speakers do not express it like that. Clearly, German-dubbed ...
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What is an acceptable response to "wie geht's"?

Doesn't really matter, there are several options and as those are short, daily phrases, no one expects you to form out lengthy sentences. However, it is common to thank and to ask how the other person ...
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Can the polite form ‘wie geht es Ihnen’ be shortened to ‘wie geht’s’?

The casual contraction wie geht's does not have any personal pronouns. It can therefore mean all of the following: Wie geht es dir/Ihnen/euch? It is indeed possible to ask someone "Wie geht's" ...
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Generisches Maskulinum

Ich halte das Binnen-I für eine ungrammatikalische Abomination. Je nach intendierter Zielgruppe wird man mit dem generischen Maskulinum das Auslangen finden, oder eben beide Geschlechter verwenden ...
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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 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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"Ihr" as second person singular

It's called Höflichkeitsform, Honorificum or Honorativ(um). "Ihr" was replaced by "Sie" in the 19th and 20th century. It sounds more formal and historically authentic so it is often used in medieval ...
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Morning greetings?

In Austria you don't hear »Moin« (only immigrants and tourists from Germany might use it). »Moin« is one of those words of who most Austrian think that it sounds very ugly (not as ugly as »Quark«, but ...
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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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Morning greetings?

As others have already said, the traditional Moin is not a morning greeting but is used in the North all around the day. Compare with this map from the Atlas der deutschen Alltagssprache showing what ...
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"Ihr" as second person singular

This is very close to the "pluralis majestatis" and is very common in this genre (medieval/fantasy). And yes, it is also common for literature, especially older work. It is a substitute for ...
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Generisches Maskulinum

darf ich immer noch das generische Maskulinum nutzen? Natürlich, außer wenn der (i.d.R. geschriebene und ggf. vorgetragene) Text bestimmten Richtlinien entsprechen muss, die etwa eine Redaktion oder ...
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How do you introduce yourself on the phone in German?

There’s plenty of ways introducing oneself on the phone in German. You already showed one. Hallo Tante Helga, Michael hier. (Michael here) Hallo Tante Helga, ich bin’s, Michael. (it’s me, Michael) ...
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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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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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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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