Although most people use the title ‘Mr’ correctly, they often get confused with the other titles.
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use Mr, Miss, Mrs, and Ms correctly.
- Mr (pronounced as “mister”) is used to address a male person regardless of whether he is married or not.
- Miss (pronounced as “mis”) is used to address a young female person who is not married.
- Mrs (pronounced as “mis-iz”) is used to address a female person who is married.
- Ms (pronounced as “miz”) is used to address a female person regardless of whether she is married or not.
So, the titles ‘Mr’ and ‘Ms’ are not dependent on the person’s martial status whereas the titles ‘Miss’ and ‘Ms’ are dependent on the person’s martial status.
If you are not sure if a woman is married or not, just go with ‘Ms’.
Here’s the most important part: We use these titles with the person’s last name (family name). For example, Mr Jovovic, Miss Ketington, Mrs Smith, Ms Kenyeta.
In formal situations, like when you are writing a letter to someone in authority or when you are giving a speech, you should use these titles with the person’s full name. Like, Mr Adam Jovovic, Miss Jas Ketington, Mrs Carrie Smith, Ms Viya Kenyeta.
Keep these rules in mind when you use Mr, Miss, Mrs, and Ms to address someone, and if you’d like to err on the side of caution, use ‘Mr’ for men and ‘Ms’ for women – you just won’t go wrong.
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