How to send a letter to two people

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How to send a letter to two people
Etiquette is key in letter writing. (writing image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

It might not seem like something you should think much about, but when sending a letter, you should take the time to address all of the people that the letter is meant for, not just the head of the household. This helps make it more likely that everyone who you want to read the letter will get a chance to see the message you wrote. Otherwise, the letter might not be shared with the right people.

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Instructions

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    Center the recipient's address on the front of the envelope. Above the address, write the name of the two people the letter is being sent to, one on top of the other. Include the full names of each person and titles, such as Mr. and Mrs. if appropriate.

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    Use the word "Family" on the envelope with the two people's last name if you're sending the letter to two people that make up a family, such as a mother and son. You would write "Smith Family" on the envelope above the address instead of writing out each person's name.

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    Include both names on one line on the envelope if the two people you're writing to are a couple. For a married couple who share the same last name, you would write "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." For couples that don't share the same last name, which includes unmarried couples, married couples with different last names and same sex partners, include each person's last name but keep their names on the same line, such as "Mr. John Smith and Ms. Mary Parker."

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    Include the names of both recipient's at the top of your letter if you're writing a business letter. Their name and contact information should be typed underneath yours and above the date for a business letter. Follow the same format as you used for the envelope to write their names.

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    Write your salutation underneath the address and above the body of the letter. Address the two recipients as appropriate. For example, if you're sending a letter to your boss and his wife, you might write "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith." However, if you're sending a letter to two friends who share an apartment, you might start with "Dear Mike and Joe."

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