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    beachboy is offline Key Member
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    Mr. Peter

    Is it possible to refer to a man using the title "Mr." followed by his first name, but not mentioning his family name?

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    GoesStation is offline Moderator
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    Re: Mr. Peter

    It isn't natural except in some specific contexts.
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    Re: Mr. Peter

    It is appropriate in certain contexts.

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    bubbha is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Mr. Peter

    In standard English it may be considered condescending and even offensive to some people.

    However, as stated above, there are certain contexts and places in which it's appropriate. In the American South, it can be used as an affectionate term of address for acquaintances (e.g., as in the movie title Driving Miss Daisy).

    (Just so you know, "Mr. Peter" might be used as a pet name for a man's genitalia.)
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    AirbusA321 is offline Banned
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    Re: Mr. Peter

    In Philippine English you can often hear things like "Mr./Sir Peter po" which means something like "Dear Mr./Sir Peter".

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