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    Mr as a title

    Dear all,

    I have got a question for you. Is "Mr", the title only combined with family names? Or is it for both?

    In other words, is one or both of the following correct:

    1- Mr John (first name)
    2- Mr Smith (family name)

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    Re: Mr as a title

    It is used only with family names by native speakers. When I lectured in Oman, the university insisted that students address us as Mr/Ms/Mrs/Dr X (first name). This was unnatural for us, though my wife and I eventually got used to being Mr Jed and Dr Andrea.

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    Re: Mr as a title

    I once dealt with an accountancy practice called Rushton and Rushton (two brothers - John and James).

    The clerical staff routinely referred to the partners as Mr John and Mr James, so that's what the clients usually called them, too.

    Rover

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    Re: Mr as a title

    Rover's post has reminded me that, back in the 1960's, I worked for a company run by a father and son, both called Gerald Day. The father was known to the employees as Mr Day, the son as Mr Gerald. It sounded very old-fashioned to me, even at the time.

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    Re: Mr as a title

    And when addressing envelopes, you can use Mr John Smith

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