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    title with first name

    Hello

    Can we use a title with a first name?
    I noticed that natives use it in movies. They say miss London and miss Baley.

    I need answers from natives, please.

    Thank you

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    Re: title with first name

    It's Ms/Mrs/Ms London/Baley. I assume those two names are surnames.

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    Re: title with first name

    No,
    Full names in the show were: London Tipton and Baely Picket.

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    #4

    Re: title with first name

    Quote Originally Posted by Eman Hassan View Post
    No,
    Full names in the show were: London Tipton and Baely Picket.
    Where did you see/hear this?

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    Re: title with first name

    Who addresses them in this way, servants?

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    #6

    Re: title with first name

    It was in a sit com called"the suite life on deck".
    A restaurant manager used that with London. And also there was a scene where both London and Baely worked at a nursery with kids. They both called each other Miss London and Miss Baely.

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    #7

    Re: title with first name

    Can we use a title with a first name?
    Yes, we can.

    We occasionally visit some American friends. Their children call us Mr Ben and Ms Eileen rather than Mr and Mrs Dover (not our real names).

    We like this better than Uncle Ben and Auntie Eileen which we get from children of English friends to whom we are not related.

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    A firm of solicitors called Moreton and Moreton that my wife used to work for was headed by two brothers — Michael and Robert. When clients rang and asked for an appointment with one of the partners, my wife used to say 'Would you like to see Mr Michael or Mr Robert?'

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    #8

    Re: title with first name

    It's not uncommon with very young children (pre-school) to call their teachers "Miss First-Name." In fact, my daughter is now a teenager, and her former pre-school teacher works at our town library, and the whole family still calls her "Miss Patty."

    It's also not uncommon in the American South for children to refer to adults this way. Now that I think of it, at my grandmother's funeral, her doctor (most definitely an adult in his 50s himself) referred to her as "Miz Pearl" because he seemed to think that just calling her "Pear" wasn't a proper way for a younger man to refer to an older woman.)
    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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    #9

    Re: title with first name

    I am from Asia. In our country we call people by their first names, as in Mr. John. It would be 'too formal' for us to call them by their family name/surname. But one very funny thing is we call our Chinese friends by their family names, as "Chang" or "Miss Chang" (or "Madam Chang") for the girl/lady "Chang May May". I have a friend in Europe, whom I work (part-time) for. Sometimes I'd feel guilty when i call him Mr. Sparrow (when I feel he is my friend) and Mr. John (when he is also my boss). What is your advice here, so that i don't feel guilty of 'violating' our 'friendship' and 'employer-employee relationship'?

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    Re: title with first name

    Except when I was in the Navy (and then only if my boss was more than two ranks ahead of me), I have always used my boss's first name as the only form of address.

    If you are concerned, simply ask him. "Is it okay that I call you Mr. Sparrow, or would you prefer something else?"

    Generally err on the side of too much formality and let the person suggest a more familiar name than start too informal and force them to appear prickly by asking you to be more formal.
    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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