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    Default How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at university.

    I do know her name but the problem when I do send her a message, I donít know what should precede her name & the best title for her. Again, she holds a master degree & gives lectures at university. I hope the aforementioned passage is clear.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    A master's degree confers no title in English. Unless you know that this person prefers to be called Mrs or Miss J Doe, then address her as Ms J Doe.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    A master's degree confers no title in English. Unless you know that this person prefers to be called Mrs or Miss J Doe, then address her as Ms J Doe.
    An example, her name is Maria
    Will you set me an example of that name?

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    Ms M Doe.

    The M is the initial of Maria (presumably her given name) and Doe represents her surname (family name).

    You should use her actual surname.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    If you are writing a letter, address the envelope to Ms M Surname, and begin the letter Dear Ms Surname.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    A master's degree confers no title in English...[/I]
    It is a Latin pun - a male 'MA' is Magister Artis and a female 'MA' is Magistra Artis.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    If you are her equal (not a student), use the first name in every e-mail after the first one.

    If you are her academic superior (you have a PhD) do NOT allow yourself to do so, and maintain the Ms. Doe style.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    If you are her equal (not a student), use the first name in every e-mail after the first one.

    If you are her academic superior (you have a PhD) do NOT allow yourself to do so, and maintain the Ms. Doe style.
    I use a first name only if the person I have written to replies with a first-name signature. Wheher Professor Pat Postule is my 'superior' or not, I will address him/her as 'Pat' only if s/he has signed his/her last communication to me with the word 'Pat'.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    It's not just about what the person you're corresponding with signals to you; it's about what you signal to them.

    Letter politeness is a precious and specious kind of elegance. E-mails in particular should be as direct as possible. And since in practice equals call each other by their first names now universally and ab initio when face to face, the same should go for e-mail.

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    Default Re: How do we call a woman who holds master degree & she gives a lecture at universit

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    And since in practice equals call each other by their first names now universally and ab initio when face to face, the same should go for e-mail.
    Well, perhaps I am old-fashioned, but I am not impressed if I receive an email from someone I don't know addressing me by my first name. I never use a first name in a first email to a person I don't know.

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