The inside address in business letters
(Structure and contents of the inside address in English business letters)
Table of contents – inside address
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How is the recipient address structured?
In both British and American English, the address of the recipient (inside address) follows this structure:
- Initially, the company name or the name of the recipient is written whereby the department may also be mentioned.
- After that, the house number follows before the street name.
- The next line contains the name of the place (town, city, etc.) and, then, the postal code (exception see below).
- Finally, the last line shows the country of destination, which, however, is only common in international letters.
Furthermore, the following small differences exist in both language varieties. Compare the two styles:
In British English, the postcode is often written under the place name:
In American English, the street name is often followed by the apartment number, which is separated by a comma:
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