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    Mdm Tan, etc

    Where I live, some married women prefer to retain their surname and call themselves, for example. Mdm Choo (the long form for 'Madam') when her husband's surname is Tan.

    Is this also the practice in Britain, America and Australia?

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    Re: Mdm Tan, etc

    Yes, many women choose to keep their maiden names, but they will usually be "Ms." instead of "Mrs."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Mdm Tan, etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, many women choose to keep their maiden names, but they will usually be "Ms." instead of "Mrs."
    Thanks, Barb.

    Is Mdm ever used?

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    Re: Mdm Tan, etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post

    Is Mdm ever used?
    No.

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    Re: Mdm Tan, etc

    Madame + surname is used in government and diplomatic circles for the wife of a foreign official or dignitary.

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