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    Is it ok to say like this in hosting

    "I request Mr.John to deliver a speech"

    (its a official meet, and the topic is open, the person is my director)

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    Default Re: Help me with host speech

    You could call on them to say a few words.

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    Default Re: Help me with host speech

    If the person's family name is "John" (e.g., Michael John) then this is okay.
    However, we don't use "Mr." with a first name. If his name is "John Smith" then say "Mr. Smith" not "Mr. John."
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    Default Re: Help me with host speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If the person's family name is "John" (e.g., Michael John) then this is okay.
    However, we don't use "Mr." with a first name. If his name is "John Smith" then say "Mr. Smith" not "Mr. John."
    This is true in most countries where English is spoken as a first language. 'Mr/Ms/etc' plus forename is simply wrong.

    However, in some countries where English is used in education, the use of 'Mr/Ms/etc' plus forename is considered polite.

    When my wife and I worked in Oman, I was Mr Jed and she was Dr Andrea. We did not like this - it was unnatural in the language we were supposed to be teaching, but we had to accept the custom of the country.
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