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Thread: Mrs\Miss\Ms

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    smsm_1985 is offline Newbie
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    Smile Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    i always use ms,but please can you explain the pronunciation of each one,are they same in pronunciation?mrs/miss/ms...

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    There is no single answer here - as the three words have different meanings
    MRS is pronounced missuz (with the stress on the i) and is used for married women
    MISS pronounced as written is used for an unmarried woman.
    MS is usually pronounced MUZ, and is a fairly new term - used only in the past thirty years or so - and was devised in conjunction with the women's Liberation movement to steer away from the need to classify a woman as married or not - as if it had a value.
    Many women objected to having to state their marital condition, and so Ms was devised by using only the letters which occurred in both titles. The difficulty is in pronouncing it - and for many people older than thirty five they are still not comfortable about using this term, as it is not a common construction and has no clear precedent for pronunciation.
    As for when to use each of these terms - I suggest you ask the recipient - "How would you like to be addressed?" and most women these days will give you there first name - so if you have to use the formal address you may need to persist.

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    Smile Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    Hi all.

    Its better to use MS in case u dont know if that person married or not
    MRS is used for a person who is married
    MISS is used for a person who is not married

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    Question Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    Recieved a sympathy card from fiance's child, who has not spoken to me in months. Card was addressed as Ms. My first name was spelled wrong. Have been with her father 10 years. She is a teacher in her late 20's. The card was nice. Ignore envelope and bad taste? Or am I a Ms.

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    If I were in her shoes, I might use Ms too; as it's supposed to be a neutral term, it is possibly the easiest under the circumstances, though as a teacher and after ten years, she might have got the spelling right.

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    miss is the best way ...

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    i think Mrs\Miss\Ms the right answer..

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    I use Ms until I get a letter from the addressee then if I have to write again I am guided by their own signature block.

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    I use Ms until I get a letter from the addressee then if I have to write again I am guided by their own signature block.
    Absolutely! Always use the Ms (I pronounce it as "Mizz" like, "Fizz") until you know one way or the other how the lady in question wishes to be addressed.

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    Re: Mrs\Miss\Ms

    I usually use Miss in the salutation, because I know that it is safe to use it that way so as to speak. It could also be flattering to the one that you are referring to.

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