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    #1

    good day sir

    hello

    i am just wondering if
    1.we can use "good day madame" at the beginning when we meet somebody or at the end.
    2.if all feminin teachers are called "miss" of if the maried one are called "mrs" and the singles r called "miss"

    thank you

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    #2

    Re: good day sir

    In the UK, all female teachers are addressed as "Miss". The only exception to this is if the teacher is addressed using her full name............

    General case....

    "Please Miss, may I borrow a pencil?"

    Particular case...........

    "Please Mrs. Brown, may I borrow a pencil?"

    Similarly, all male teachers are addressed as "Sir" unless their full names are used...........


    "Please Sir, is there any homework tonight?" is standard, but to attract the teacher's attention, pupils might say,

    "Mr. Smith, could you help me with this, please?"


    buggles (not a teacher)


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    Re: good day sir

    I am not a teacher, but in the US, we also use the address of Ms. when referring to a female and it is pronounced "Miz." Ms. is mainly used if it is unknown of the woman is married.


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    Re: good day sir

    thank you very much for your immediate replies

    eugenia


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    Re: good day sir

    in the usa can u say

    could you help me Miz?
    or
    could you help me Miz + surname?

    when the teacher is female + married?

    thank you in advance.

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    #6

    Re: good day sir

    In the US, it would be very rare for a student to say "Miss" or "Sir" as a generic reference to a teacher. We just use names.

    Mr. Brown, can you help me?
    Ms (Mizz) Smith, could I borrow a pencil?
    Mrs. Jones, could you please repeat the homework assignment?
    Miss Anderson, I have a question!

    Very young children might just say "Teacher! Teacher, I have question" but this would be very uncommon in older students. (In particular, they might do this in the beginning of the school year when they are still trying to remember the teacher's name!)

    Ms can be married or single, and is entirely a matter of choice for the lady in question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: good day sir

    thank you so much

    eugenia

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    #8

    Re: good day sir

    Quote Originally Posted by eugenista2 View Post
    in the usa can u say

    could you help me Miz?
    or
    could you help me Miz + surname?

    when the teacher is female + married?

    thank you in advance.
    If we are addressing someone whose name we do not know (a waitress, for example), we would say "excuse me, miss" or "excuse me, ma'am."

    The "Ms." (Mizz) salutation is not used in this way. At least not that I have ever heard.

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