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    Default Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    In the following example a trainee asks a pupil's name and the pupil replies adding "miss" to her answer. Is it a bit old-fashioned? How would such a conversation go in a modern school? Is it natural for a pupil to tell his last name as an answer to the question "What's your name?"

    “Sit down, please” said Mary as she took her seat. “I guess the first thing I should do is check the register,” Mary began, getting hot and red under the children’s scrutiny. “What’s your name?” she asked turning to the monitor.
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    In the following example a trainee asks a pupil's name and the pupil replies adding "miss" to her answer. Is it a bit old-fashioned? How would such a conversation go in a modern school? Is it natural for a pupil to tell his last name as an answer to the question "What's your name?"

    “Sit down, please” said Mary as she took her seat. “I guess the first thing I should do is check the register,” Mary began, getting hot and red under the children’s scrutiny. “What’s your name?” she asked turning to the monitor.
    “Belova, miss.”
    It is common in British schools to address female teachers as 'Miss'.

    The use of surnames among pupils is becoming less common, but still exists in some schools.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    And do you pronounce miss as miz (so that the married status wasn't emphasised)? You don't use Mrs to address teachers, do you?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And do you pronounce miss as miz (so that the married status wasn't emphasised)? You don't use Mrs to address teachers, do you?
    "Miss" is not pronounced as "Miz". "Ms." is pronounced as "miz".

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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Do they use Mrs and Ms too?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Do they use Mrs and Ms too?
    Only if these words are followed by the surname of the person addressed.
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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Then I am confused again. What if an elderly teacher is substituting for another and the pupil doesn't remember her name? Will he use miss to address an elderly lady?

    “What’s your name?” she asked turning to the monitor.
    “Belova, miss.”
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Yes. If not using a surname, use "Miss" to any female teacher regardless of her age.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Then I am confused again. What if an elderly teacher is substituting for another and the pupil doesn't remember her name? Will he use miss to address an elderly lady?

    “What’s your name?” she asked turning to the monitor.
    “Belova, miss.”
    When the marital status of a woman is unknown, the best bet is "teacher". Next best is "Miss". In your example, nothing would also work -- just "Belova".
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 03-Nov-2013 at 09:12. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    In BrE, we generally don't address a teacher as "Teacher" or as "Ms".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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