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Please help DH with a letter. He thinks no one will reply.

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GossipMonger Mon 06-Jul-09 22:06:33

How do you copy someone in on a letter?

Letter to Mr Smith but a copy to Mr Brown.

How and where do you let them both know they are both in on the letter?


fishie Mon 06-Jul-09 22:08:24

down at the bottom he puts

Yours sincerely,

[dh's signature]

Gossip Monger's DH

cc Gordon Brown

SenoraPostrophe Mon 06-Jul-09 22:09:10

you put the recipient on the left on the line under the address (you can just put the name, or the full name and address)

underneath it you put cc: name 1, name 2 etc

SenoraPostrophe Mon 06-Jul-09 22:09:48

no, not at the bottom, that's where you put the pp

Babbity Mon 06-Jul-09 22:10:11

Write the letter to Mr Smith.

put c.c. Mr Brown at the bottom. That lets Mr Smith know Mr Brown has a copy.

second copy: highlight the c.c. Mr Brown bit and put it in an envelope. That way Mr Brown knows the letter is for Mr Smith, and that both know the other has been informed.

If that makes any sense at allgrin

ABetaDad Mon 06-Jul-09 22:10:13

I would write at the bottom left of the letter a few lines down from my signature the following:

cc. Mr Brown

fishie Mon 06-Jul-09 22:10:19

cc stands for copy circulated. is same on emails. or there is bcc which is blind copy circulated as in Mr smith wouldn't know that mr brown is seeing it - it would only say bcc on mr brown's one.

Hassled Mon 06-Jul-09 22:10:59

I think fishie is right. At the bottom, below the sender's name.

Mintyy Mon 06-Jul-09 22:11:46

No! You cc at the bottom after your signature. As fishie says.

Yours sincerely


cc: fishie

SenoraPostrophe Mon 06-Jul-09 22:12:43

I know cc stands for copy (although I thought it was carbon copy, you know from the old days).

but I still think it goes at the top, under the recipient. it's certainly more noticeable though.

but it seems I am outvoted

fishie Mon 06-Jul-09 22:12:57

i think senora is properly correct but it has gone the way of hanging indents and your actual carbon. typewriter ribbon anyone?

GossipMonger Mon 06-Jul-09 22:13:01

ooh conflicting advice!

So Dh's address top right

Mr Smith's address top left and under his address cc Mr Brown?

Hassled Mon 06-Jul-09 22:13:18

Senor - PP is only when you're signing for someone else. So you have:

Yours sincerely


PP Gordon Brown

or is it

PP Hassled

Gordon Brown?

SlartyBartFast Mon 06-Jul-09 22:13:36

cc. carbon copy

you beat me to it


squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 22:13:45

cc at the bottom

pp is when you sign a letter on someone else's behalf

SlartyBartFast Mon 06-Jul-09 22:14:44

at the bottom

PortAndLemon Mon 06-Jul-09 22:14:45

It goes after your signature, so

Dear Mr Smith,

I think you smell.

Yours sincerely,

[illegible scrawl]

Algernon Gossipmonger

cc: Aloysius Brown

fishie Mon 06-Jul-09 22:14:54

hmm should you be revealing mr brown's address to mr smith?

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Mon 06-Jul-09 22:14:58

as fishie said, thats how formal cc'd letters get sent in our establishment.

If more than one cc, one addressee per line.

We also highlight the person to which that particular copy is going to. Think that is just our office though grin

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 22:15:19

GM - the consensus is at the bottom underneath the signature.

That's what I was taught 20+ years ago.

Babbity Mon 06-Jul-09 22:15:47

definitely at the bottom underneath the signature.

Yours sincerely,


Ms A Black
Executive Director

c.c. Mr D Brown

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 22:16:18

And we actually used carbon paper back then...

GossipMonger Mon 06-Jul-09 22:17:46

DH is gobsmacked! grin

and do we write on the copy to Mr Brown

'Dear Mr Smith'

and do we highlight on Mr Brown's letter that his is a copy?

SenoraPostrophe Mon 06-Jul-09 22:18:57

I know pp is when you're signing for someone else. and that goes at the bottom. which is why I think cc should go at the top.

but maybe i'm thinking of the older way. my english teacher was old.

SenoraPostrophe Mon 06-Jul-09 22:19:53

yes, the copy to mr brown should say dear mr smith. that's how he knows his is the copy.

I do know that...

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