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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

"Dear SE, I don't even know how to express how disappointed I am in you--literally. Because I don't know all the facts. But all the indications I've seen make me fear that the full facts would only ...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

Dear Stack Exchange, for once can you be honest with us? Why didn't you give Monica Cellio a second and private hearing? Yours, The volunteers who make up Stack Exchange.   &...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

It depends on what your goal is --an open letter can have many different audiences, and the putative addressee may not be the actual target. With that said, the best structure for a persuasive ...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

Never I would have believed to consider StackExchange but the mask before the monstrous face of intolerance. That's not stronger than your first attempt. It's so archaic even experienced writers (e.g....
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

"I am horrified to find..." whatever you are horrified to have discovered "I am most disappointed..." or maybe "I am shocked" or if the event you are writing about is worse you can say "I am appalled ...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

I find that in the course of angry letter writing, you are walking a balancing act in which you have an action taken that could be motivated by bad faith or by incompetence or an incomplete picture of ...
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Eliminating repetitive “which was ... ” statements at the end of sentences

Do a search for "which was." (or whatever your problem structure is) Set up a checklist of five different ways to rewrite it: 1) We did such-and-such. I enjoyed it. 2) When we did such-and-such, ...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

I think there are two important aspects that you should make clear: That you indeed do care about the issue. Your letter is not just a rant, you sincerely are concerned about the damage the issue ...
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How to ask about the details of a job without making it sound like the employer is the one who needs you?

I feel like this sounds like the employer is the one who really needs me and I sound like I am scarce. That's fair. It seems like the employer does need you more than you need them, and you're not ...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

I liked this question - writing letters is a professional use of writing skills, but it's becoming rare to the point of looking like a lost art. The norm (UK, at least) always used to be that if the ...
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How should I start my daily diary entries?

Are you writing the diary entries for a school project? If this is not a school exercise and you are doing it for yourself then it doesn't matter what anyone tells you. What matters is what feels ...
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How to write a prompt email?

Regarding the bullet point on the message being "respectful", I would like to point out something which I don't see being stated explicitly in any of the previous answers. This goes equally for both ...
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How do I explain personal details to my professor without being inappropriate?

Personally, I think adding too many details harms your case --it makes you sound like someone who habitually searches for excuses rather than someone who experienced a valid, one-time emergency. ...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

It depends upon the content of the letter. Just "Thanks," alone can sound off key if there is nothing obvious for which thanks to the reader is warranted, or too light-hearted when providing serious ...
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How to organize distinct topics in personal letters to friends and family?

Writing to friends and family, you can dispose with formality. You don't need a "structure". "Stream of consciousness" is how such letters were written before computers, before you could rearrange ...
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Formal letter: capitalization after salutation?

In English, "thank" needs to start with a capital. The logical rationale is: Despite the preceding comma, the line break causes a new sentence to start. Also see, for instance, this ...
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Help with writing letters!

Answer these: What does the assistant call the prince when they're in public? How does he address him when they're alone? How high is the risk that some third person may read the letter? If ...
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How to write a good cover letter?

Speaking as both a professor and corporate division manager at different points in my life: Your cover letter is not your CV, and (as said by ItWasLikeThat) you should not try to cram your CV into it. ...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

I always use, "Best" or "Best wishes". If someone's helped me a lot, I like to end with, "Thanks for everything".
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If I write a word with a letter that isn't used, will I confuse my reader?

Using þ in a story will not bring it back as a letter in English. So keep that in mind if you decide to use it. As for whether an average reader will know how to pronounce these letters, the answer ...
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Eliminating repetitive “which was ... ” statements at the end of sentences

Just write your first draft naturally, including whatever peculiarities you generate. Then edit and revise. Your first draft is for getting your ideas out, and revision is for making it read well. In ...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

When you begin a letter with a rant, especially if it is rude or bossy, it is unlikely to be taken on board, by the reader, or get the results you want. The best opener in my view, establishes your ...
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How to write a prompt email?

My suggestions are 1-Keep it very short 2-Remind them clearly what you need (yes/no, approval, a revised draft, etc.) 3-Keep it kind/gentle but definite I try to be a little cutesy or funny to ...
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How to politely remind somebody of a meeting we had a few days ago?

(I am assuming you actually had the meeting - and want to refer to it, in the email) [Boss] Thanks for meeting with me on Wednesday. Recall that I was the [engineer] who had many questions about [...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

When writing a business letter, you should end with something more formal. Here are some that are commonly used. (Hint: Most people use "Thank you" instead of "Thanks" because some say it sounds more ...
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Is there a better greeting than 'Dear John, et al'?

I feel that using French could come off as a bit cheeky or have the wrong connotations. Rather, you should use one of the standard formal email openings: Dear All, To whom it may concern, Hi All, (...
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