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    Mr , Mrs , Ms

    Is it necessary to write .(dot) Mr. , Mrs., etc. (in formal letters)? What is correct?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.


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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    Yes, you need to use the dot after each of them as follows:

    Mr.
    Mrs.
    Ms.


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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    While correct to have them, as these are abbreviations, in the modern world it is increasingly rare that people use the full stop. Most businesses do not insist on them.


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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    How about Miss?? What is the difference between Miss and Ms.?

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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    If you are writing to a woman and you don't know whether she uses Mrs or Miss, you can use Miss for married women as well as for singles.

    So

    Miss: single
    Ms: single or married

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    Smile Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    While correct to have them, as these are abbreviations, in the modern world it is increasingly rare that people use the full stop. Most businesses do not insist on them.
    This holds true everywhere except in the USA, I guess.


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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    In BrE, some say that you only need the fullstop when the abbreviation does not end with the last letter of the word, though I'm not sure how many comply with this.


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    #8

    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    This is simply not correct.

    Abbreviations that end in the same letter as the full word do not usually take a full stop. Thus 'abbr.' because 'abbreviation', but Mr, Mrs and Miss, not Mr. and Mrs., because these are short for Mister and Mistress.

    However, there are some exceptions in normal useage. In practice a lot of teachers also get this wrong.

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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    Quote Originally Posted by felisgris View Post
    This is simply not correct.
    The British English usage is given in the post before yours, though it is common nowadays to leave out punctuation. If you are saying that it is incorrect, you may have misread it as it gives the same rule as you propose.

    If you are referring to earlier posts, different variants have different punctuation. This American English site uses a full-stop/period: Purdue OWL

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    Re: Mr , Mrs , Ms

    Quote Originally Posted by AntieAnnie View Post
    Yes, you need to use the dot after each of them as follows:

    Mr.
    Mrs.
    Ms.
    Why would you need to use a period after "Ms"? It's not an abbreviation; it's an alternative form of address designed to eliminate both "Mrs." and "Miss."

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