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    Default Mrs or Miss if you adress your teacher?

    Hi,

    should you say "Miss Campbell" or "Mrs Campbell"?

    I know this distinction:
    Miss =not married
    Mrs= married

    But is Miss "politically correct"? Should you use Mrs even if the teacher is single?

    Thanks Rip.

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    Default Re: Mrs or Miss if you adress your teacher?

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,

    should you say "Miss Campbell" or "Mrs Campbell"?

    I know this distinction:
    Miss =not married
    Mrs= married

    But is Miss "politically correct"? Should you use Mrs even if the teacher is single?

    Thanks Rip.
    In the US, you would NOT use Mrs. for an unmarried teacher, and you would not use Miss for a married one.

    The teacher will tell the children whether she wants to be called Mrs. Smith or Ms. Smith, or Miss Smith or Ms. Smith at the beginning of the year. Miss is fine. One of my daughter's teachers last year was a Miss. I don't think any have asked to be called "Ms."


    Very young children may make the mistake of calling every adult woman "Mrs." (when you're 4, even a 19-year-old is "old") but the teacher will usually gently correct them and say "It's Miss Robinson, remember?"

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    Default Re: Mrs or Miss if you adress your teacher?

    I use Ms (pronounced muz in BrE and miz in AmE) if I don't know.

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