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    Question Addressing a business letter to a married couple with different last names

    I am not a teacher.

    When addressing a business letter to a married couple with different last names, first party a doctor:

    Is "Dear Dr. Jones and Ms. Smith"

    more correct than "Dear Dr. Jones and Mrs. Smith"?

    It seems to me Mrs. Smith would refer to Ms. Smith's mother.

    Please advise. - Thanks!

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    Re: Addressing a business letter to a married couple with different last names

    Use "Ms." I don't think "Mrs." is used at all by women who keep their maiden names.

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