HELP!!!!

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I am writing a letter to someone that I do not know personally. Should I use (tu) as in you informal or (Ud.) as in you formal'

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updated FEB 11, 2009
posted by Archit

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My bad for not explaining that this is a school assignment. My teacher told me it's okay to use either tu or Ud. Not both.

Thanks for the help guys.

updated FEB 11, 2009
posted by Archit
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LOL, Lazarus

lazarus1907 said:

Please, don't mix them up. What kind of advice is that? "Write everything bad on purpose, so they know that you are a beginner!". Why not writing the words inverted too? Is this how you want to sound?

Dear Sir or Madam,

What's up, dude?

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updated FEB 11, 2009
posted by MJ
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Please, don't mix them up. What kind of advice is that? "Write everything bad on purpose, so they know that you are a beginner!". Why not writing the words inverted too? Is this how you want to sound?

Dear Sir or Madam,

What's up, dude'

updated FEB 11, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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whatever you do, don't mix them up...that just makes you look like you are totally lost. it's fine to be a beginner and make mistakes, but it's less weird to use Ud. consistantly and have it be a little too formal, than mixing up tu and Ud. as if you were speaking to two different people...without knowing anything, I would go with Ud. although if the person is in Spain, just go ahead and use tu. for some reason, many spanish people associate the formal Ud. with being old as opposed to respectful to someone you don't know well.

updated FEB 11, 2009
posted by Luarela
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just mix them up.....usted is formal...it is more used for talking with and "old" person

updated FEB 11, 2009
posted by Rodrigo
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mix em up - that way your correspondent will know you are a beginner

updated FEB 10, 2009
posted by Martin-Rizzi
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Always safe with Ud.

updated FEB 10, 2009
posted by ashley9
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With no further information I would guess Ud.

But more information might change the answer. Are you (for example) writing a brief note to a friend of a friend your own age, or applying for a job, or complaining about a product, or contacting someone much younger or older than you? If you could give more information about the situation, you could get a more certain answer. smile

updated FEB 10, 2009
posted by Valerie